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Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear

The mission of the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the nation's energy, environmental and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development and demonstration [RD&D]...



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Today at 5:05 p.m., the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) pulsed for a few seconds, subjecting a small capsule of light water reactor fuel to radiation and heat. The test marked the return of a capability that is critical to the United States’ role in the development of nuclear fuels, for both the existing fleet and a new generation of advanced reactors under design. READ MORE


DOE is seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from parties interested in supporting a pilot program to demonstrate a micro-reactor at a DoD or DOE site to provide resilience for critical national security infrastructure.  In addition to reactor designers and vendors, nuclear utilities, nuclear fuel manufacturers, independent power producers, and companies with experience in engineering, manufacturing, procurement and construction of nuclear power plants are encouraged to reply to the applicable sections of this RFI with feedback on a potential pilot program.


The full Request For Information details may be found at


​Save the date for a U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry face-to-face meeting and webinar on September 26, 2018, in Washington D.C. The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) will host this first annual meeting to obtain feedback from U.S. Industry on the "U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development, Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)" that was issued in December 2017. In addition, NE will lead the discussion of lessons learned for the parallel Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative technical vouchers program that helps provide U.S. industry with access to the unique capabilities of the U.S. National Laboratories. Also, the meeting will include discussion of planned upcoming activities and potential new aspects for the U.S. Industry FOA.

NE has actively evaluated the FOA provisions throughout its first year and has made several modifications due to self-identified improvements and those from U.S. industry participants. This process continues, and NE is committed to evaluating all comments received at this meeting and from all sources, and to establish a feedback mechanism in response to received comments, to continue to improve the effectiveness of the FOA and the U.S. government's appropriate support of U.S. nuclear energy technology development consistent with the GAIN initiative.

Register for the meeting/webinar here:

Please be advised that, due to room size limitations, NE anticipates limiting attendance at the face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC to one representative from a registered U.S. company. Other interested parties are strongly encouraged to participate by webinar, which will allow for two-way interaction.

The primary of objective of this report is to identify the core fuels and materials experimental capabilities available at the Halden Boiling Water Reactor (HBWR), assess potential capability gaps specifically related to the Department of Energy (DOE) Accident Tolerant Fuels (ATF) program, and provide recommendations for a path forward for DOE ATF. READ MORE


DOE has selected two companies to receive GAIN technology development vouchers in this second review cycle. The companies selected are Yellowstone Energy (Knoxville, TN) in the amount of $160,000, and ThorCon US (Stevenson, WA) in the amount of $400,000. Further detail and description of these awards can be found under the GAIN website. READ MORE

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