Microreactors have key features enabled by their small size that distinguish them from other reactor types mainly large reactors (LWRs) and small modular reactors (SMRs).
What are National Laboratories Doing?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Microreactor Program was established to support research and development (R&D) of technologies related to the development, demonstration and deployment of very small, transportable reactors to provide power and heat for decentralized generation in civilian, industrial and defense energy sectors.
Led by Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the program conducts both fundamental and applied R&D to reduce the risks associated with new technology performance and manufacturing readiness of microreactors. The intent of the program is to ensure that microreactor concepts can be licensed and deployed by commercial entities to meet specific use case requirements. The program will also support R&D specific to certain reactor technologies to ensure relevancy and address the needs of commercial developers.
Who is partnering with the National Laboratories?