Neutrinos were first conceived of in a desperate ploy to save the conservation of energy in
nuclear beta decay. From a nuclear engineering perspective, they are an ever present but
ultimately inconsequential by-products of nuclear fission. But to particle physicists, nuclear
reactors are an essential and extraordinarily bright source of neutrinos, which are responsible for
some of the most important advancements of the last 70 years, from the discovery of the
neutrino at the Savannah River’s P reactor in 1956, through current times when reactors are used
as the source for studies of neutrino fundamental properties.
Advances in neutrino detector technology and a recent finding that neutrinos can be used to track
the production of plutonium in the core have made it possible for particle physicists to
contemplate giving back to the nuclear industry. As a new type of non-invasive instrumentation,
neutrino detectors may, for example, have a role to play in non-proliferation safeguard regimes,
particularly for advanced reactors. Ultimately, the potential of neutrino applications can only be
properly assessed in a collaborative effort between particle physicists and nuclear engineers.
This webinar will review the discoveries and other major advances in neutrino physics that have
been enabled by nuclear reactors, and explore the ways that neutrino detectors may be used to
monitor reactors or as reactor instrumentation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has selected two U.S.-based teams to receive $160 million in initial funding under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). ARDP, announced in May, is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the United States.
DOE is awarding TerraPower LLC (Bellevue, WA) and X-energy (Rockville, MD) $80 million each in initial funding to build two advanced nuclear reactors that can be operational within seven years. The awards are cost-shared partnerships with industry that will deliver two first-of-a-kind advanced reactors to be licensed for commercial operations. The Department will invest a total of $3.2 billion over seven years, subject to the availability of future appropriations, with our industry partners providing matching funds.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for three domestic projects that will accelerate advanced nuclear technology development. These projects, valued at $26.9 million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability.
Two awards will advance flexible operation of light-water reactors with integrated hydrogen production systems. The third will leverage the modeling and simulation capabilities developed from the DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program and Energy Innovation Hub for Modeling & Simulation (Hub).
The awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development, in collaboration with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office for the hydrogen-related selections. Subsequent application reviews and selection processes will be conducted through December 2022, as supported by Congressional appropriations.
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Small and micro-scale modular reactors have received considerable attention for their potential to
reduce costs, load follow and meet electricity needs in places where the size of conventional reactor
technologies is unwarranted. This small scale is particularly relevant in the developing world where
large centralized grids are uncommon and the need for electricity is considerable. More than
1 billion people globally are currently estimated to live without access to any electricity. The
Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for reliable, affordable and clean energy for all people
by 2030, creating an additional imperative for rapid low carbon technological deployment. This talk
will present a novel market analysis of near-term energy demand. We use state-of-the-art satellite
imagery to identify regions with no night-time light as a proxy for electricity poverty, and ambient
population to determine the number of persons in these regions. GIS is used to create
corresponding maps showing the capacity needed to provide this degree of electricity as a function
of location if only micro and mini-grids are available. Additional considerations including resilience
to natural hazards, siting considerations and competitive technologies are discussed.