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]...
On Feb. 18, 1949, the recently formed Atomic Energy Commission (predecessor to today's U.S. Department of Energy) selected a Naval Proving Ground in Idaho as the site of a planned National Reactor Testing Station. Within just a few years, the site was home to numerous milestones that paved the way for the peaceful use of nuclear energy to generate safe, emission-free electricity. Although names at the site changed over the years (Argonne-West, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory), nearly every operating reactor in the world has technological roots in Idaho. That proud tradition continues today, with what is now Idaho National Laboratory set to host the nation's first small modular reactor demonstration and a new versatile fast-neutron test reactor with the next decade.
70 Years of Nuclear Milestones Flipbook
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that three
nuclear companies will be provided GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Vouchers to accelerate the
innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. NE vouchers provide
advanced nuclear technology innovators with access to the extensive nuclear research
capabilities and expertise available across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national
laboratory complex. This is the second set of awards in FY 2019. READ MORE
From Marianne Walck, Science & Technology deputy laboratory director:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Rita Baranwal and Dr. Boryann Liaw have been honored with the Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) Award for 2019. They are the third and fourth INL recipients of the AAEOY award in the past two years. READ MORE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Four projects in two states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $19 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability. READ MORE
According to a DOE news release today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of DOE's Versatile Fast Neutron Source, also referred to as the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), one of the foundational projects specified in the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017.
"U.S. test reactors and user facilities are one reason the United States has maintained an international leadership role in nuclear energy research and development," said Idaho National Laboratory Director Mark Peters. "We currently do not have the fast neutron spectrum research facilities in the U.S. necessary to enable a robust future for advanced reactors. DOE's announcement about the versatile test reactor project is the first important milestone in establishing this capability, and prioritizes investment in this user facility that will serve the science community, industry, regulators and the future of nuclear energy research and innovation."
The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017 (NEICA, S.97, which was enacted into law in September 2018) included provisions for a Versatile Neutron Source and directs the Energy secretary to determine the mission need for a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source operating as a national user facility – as well as a deadline, to the maximum extent practicable – to complete construction and approve the start of the VTR operations by December 2025. INL will lead the VTR project.
DOE news release