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GAIN Design Showcase

Be a part of the GAIN Student Design Showcase by showing your creative ideas addressing the current topic: "Micro-reactors: How will micro-reactors play a part in civilization in the next 20 years?" 

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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﴿.  READ MORE

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To support United States leadership in the development and demonstration of microreactor technologies, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is providing the opportunity for access to High Assay Low Enriched Uranium (HALEU) for the development of fuel and subsequent demonstration of microreactor technology on the INL site. The goal of this opportunity is to accelerate demonstration of commercially viable microreactor technologies. 

Key Dates

Issue Draft Notice of Opportunity: July 22, 2019

Industry Day (Washington, D.C.): August 7, 2019

Issue Notification of Opportunity: August 21, 2019

Requests Due: 5 pm EDT, September 20, 2019



Dr. Rita Baranwal is the new assistant secretary for nuclear energy, making her the first woman to lead the office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

As a strong advocate for nuclear energy, she brings more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear field and takes over a $1.3 billion portfolio to promote the research and development of current and advanced nuclear technologies. READ MORE


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today officially swore in Dr. Rita Baranwal as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. Dr. Baranwal, whom the U.S. Senate first confirmed on June 20, becomes the first woman to lead the Office of Nuclear Energy.

In her new role, Dr. Baranwal will lead the office’s efforts to promote research and development on existing and advanced nuclear technologies, maintain the existing fleet of nuclear reactors, and promote the development of a robust pipeline of advanced reactor designs and supply chain capabilities.

“It is an honor to be part of an organization that is leading the U.S. in game-changing, innovative nuclear technologies,” said Dr. Baranwal. “Advanced reactors are smaller, cleaner, and more efficient, and will equip the U.S. nuclear energy industry to lead the world in deployment, supplying urgently needed clean energy both domestically and globally.”

Dr. Baranwal has directed the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative at Idaho National Laboratory since 2016. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative connects industry with national laboratories to help commercialize nuclear technologies. Under her leadership, GAIN positively impacted 112 projects and companies. READ MORE


Electricity markets are changing because of (1) the addition of wind and solar and (2) the goal of a low-carbon economy. This results in times of low and high prices that reduces revenue for reactors that produce base-load electricity. The addition of heat storage enables GenIV reactors operating at base-load to produce variable electricity to the grid that increases revenue and produces the variable electricity that the electricity grid needs. Heat storage costs are an order-of-magnitude less than electricity storage technologies (batteries, etc.). The workshop explores the technical and institutional challenges of heat storage to develop a path forward. The higher temperatures of GenIV reactors substantially reduces the cost of storage relative to LWRs—providing a large incentive for their development. The workshop includes the concentrated solar power (CSP) community that is developing many of the same heat storage systems for the same reasons. REGISTRATION 


Technology transfer at Idaho National Laboratory has come a long way since 1980, the year President Jimmy Carter signed the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act, directing national labs to shepherd government-developed innovations into the private sector.

"Our core business has always been trying to get technology out of the lab and into the hands of people who use it," said Jason Stolworthy, INL's Technology Deployment director. "Technology advancements often result in profound societal benefit when commercialized, and we work with entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative companies to turn INL's innovations to products and services that improve our lives." READ MORE

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