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​Idaho National Laboratory recently expanded its library of MOOSE-based, open-source modeling and simulation software with the MASTODON code. This code helps scientists and engineers design buildings and other structures to better withstand seismic events. Read More


​This report provides a high-level review of potential technical, commercial, and natural components likely to influence the planning, preparing, and positioning for the future by investing in the build-out of energy systems at Idaho National Laboratory. Read More


​ESSAI - Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet - Cost and Revenue Study Read More


ARPA-E Provides up to $20 Million in Funding for Technologies to Enable Lower Cost, Safer Advanced Nuclear Plant Designs Read More


DOE-NE has released the FY 2018 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001773). The infrastructure support program will be administered by the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program office. This FOA supports research reactor upgrades and general scientific infrastructure for universities only. Read More


DOE-NE has released the FY 2018 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA contains workscopes for NEUP, NEET, and NSUF research areas. Read More


​Read the September 2017 issue 6 of the AMM Newsletter 


​Mr. SIMPSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu for his leadership at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). For the past five and a half years, Dr. Pasamehmetoglu has served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Science & Technology at INL. Read More


​A new phase of post-irradiation examinations (PIE) of nuclear fuel has begun at Idaho National Laboratory's Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). Read More

​Technology developers recognize an urgent need to commercialize innovative nuclear concepts to meet energy demands. The U.S. technology leadership role is essential to meeting the nation’s energy, environmental and national security needs; this role will be achieved by resolving technical, cost, proliferation resistance and security barriers through research and development.
​This second Department-wide round of funding through the Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund will support 54 projects.

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On Aug. 8, John Bumgardner was honored with the Energy Innovator Award by the Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) for his innovative efforts in driving the TREAT restart effort and work on the new Fast Reactor program. The award ceremony was part of the Intermountain Energy Summit.

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Despite the forces of nature and in spite of the opportunistic efforts of professional opponents, a large nuclear power station located in the middle of Hurricane Harvey's devastation continues to steadily produce 100% of its rated power output.

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​With two patents and two R&D 100 awards to its name, Idaho National Laboratory's Change Detection System (CDS) would appear to be a shoo-in for commercialization. Embraced throughout the U.S. government, CDS is diagnostic software that can align two seemingly identical images and enable a person to see even the tiniest variations. Read More


The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy has released draft workscopes for the FY 2018 CINR FOA webinar. DOE-NE anticipates discussing FY 2018 NEUP R&D, NEUP IRP, NEET, and applicable NSUF workscopes. New aspects of DOE-NE's consolidated FOAs will also be discussed.

When: August 8-10, 2017

Webinar Schedule

Draft Workscopes


​Click HERE to Register for the FY 2018 Webinar


​Today, the DOE has selected five university, five national laboratory, and five industry-led projects that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will support 6 of these projects with a total of $2.3 million in research funds, and all 14 of these projects will be supported by over $10 million in facility access costs and expertise for experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments through the NSUF. Read More


​The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that 14 businesses will be provided nuclear energy vouchers worth approximately $4.2 million to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. 

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Individuals and organizations interested in the GAIN initiative should be aware that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed rulemaking concerning the Emergency Planning Zones required around Small Modular Reactors and advanced reactors (referred to in NRC's documentation as Other New Technologies). The proposed rule acknowledges that the one-size fits all approach for older plants do not reflect the increased safety and reduced potential impact zones of newer designs. The comment period runs through June 27. Rulemaking Comments Link


The "Nuclear Power Reactor Testing Needs and Prototype Plants for Advanced Reactor Designs" document describes the relevant regulations governing the testing requirements for advanced reactors, describes the process for determining testing needs to meet the NRC’s regulatory requirements, clarifies when a prototype plant might be needed and how it might differ from the proposed standard plant design, and describes licensing strategies and options that include the use of a prototype plant to meet the NRC’s testing requirements. Access document here.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding over $66 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. In total, 86 projects were selected to receive funding that will help advance innovative nuclear technologies. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs. a number of nuclear technology developers will receive access to unique research capabilities and other assistance consistent with the goals and objectives of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday vowed to advocate for nuclear power as the nation looks for ways to fuel its economy and limit the effects of electricity generation on the environment.

Perry made the comments during a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico, where nuclear research has been among the main focuses since the lab's founding years during World War II. Los Alamos played a key role in the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. Read More 


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When the U.S. Department of Energy granted a site use permit in February 2016 to build a small modular reactor at Idaho National Laboratory’s desert site, NuScale Power’s design was the only one in the pipeline.

Since then, 18 other reactor design groups have expressed interest in building at the desert site. 

RTE proposals awarded

​U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards 30 Rapid Turnaround Experiment Research Proposals

IDAHO FALLS -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) has selected 30 new Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE) projects, totaling up to approximately $1.2 million. These projects will continue to advance the understanding of irradiation effects in nuclear fuels and materials in support of the mission of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy. Read More


Read the March 2017 issue of the ASI Newsletter


​Read the March 2017 issue of the AMM Newsletter


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DOE Nuclear Innovation Partnership GAINs Steam

  • DOE public-private nuclear partnership program reports early success
  • Three of eight 2016 funding recipients are advanced reactor developers
  • Second round of small business vouchers underway
March 30, 2017—An initiative begun just over a year ago by the U.S. Department of Energy to help developers of advanced nuclear technology to accelerate innovation and commercialization has reported “significant progress” on the eight projects chosen for voucher awards in 2016. DOE’s call for applicants for the 2017 voucher award cycle will close April 10.

DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy launched the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative in November 2015, to provide private-sector innovators of advanced nuclear technologies with direct access to the technical, regulatory and research capabilities of DOE’s national laboratory system.

“Since work on these projects began in September 2016, the GAIN voucher program has shown itself to be successful in fostering relationships between innovative technology developers and DOE laboratory staff, serving the GAIN mission to develop a public-private partnership framework that will enable accelerated commercialization of innovative concepts,” GAIN Director Rita Baranwal said.

“DOE and the national laboratory complex have a lot of tools, but the industry does not always necessarily know about them. GAIN helps bridge that gap,” says Everett Redmond, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior technical advisor of new reactor and advanced technology.

“GAIN illustrates how DOE and the national labs are becoming more responsive to the research and development needs of the industry. We’re very happy about it, but there’s a lot more work to be done,” Redmond adds.

In March 2016, GAIN’s Nuclear Energy Small Business Voucher pilot program awarded a total of $2 million to eight of 29 applicants, based on the projects’ technical quality, potential for commercialization and level of innovation. Individual awards ranged from $50,000 to $300,000, depending on the complexity of the task requested. Voucher recipients were required to provide a 20 percent share of the costs. The financial awards allow research work to be performed on recipients’ behalf by staff at designated DOE laboratory facilities, to be completed within 12 months (see table).


Of the eight awardees, three are developers of advanced nuclear reactor technologies—Terrestrial Energy USA Ltd., Transatomic Power Corp. and Oklo Inc.

Staff at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) procured, prepared and characterized fluoride salt compositions for Terrestrial Energy USA’s molten salt reactor design. Efforts to determine the heat capacity of these salt compositions will continue in 2017, after which ANL will verify the solubility of selected fission products in the fuel salt.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in February issued a technical memorandum verifying aspects of the reactor core and fuel cycle performance of Transatomic Power’s molten salt reactor. Further work is planned for the near future.

“This is just the first step in what we hope will be a long, productive engagement with the national lab system,” Transatomic Cofounder and CEO Leslie Dewan noted last month.

Oklo Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based startup developing a 2-megawatt “micro-reactor.” Through the GAIN voucher program, researchers at ANL and the Idaho National Laboratory assisted Oklo in compiling and assessing information about legacy metallic fuel data and commercial fuel fabrication, which also is of interest to the larger reactor development community. Both labs participated in a pre-application meeting between Oklo and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff, and INL will fabricate prototypic fuel elements to test potential manufacturing methods.

The other voucher awardees are involved with other laboratory staff in advanced fuel fabrication and testing and various other nuclear innovations.

“Overall, the voucher pilot program has run smoothly through its first quarter and voucher recipients are satisfied with progress thus far,” Baranwal added.

GAIN and DOE applied lessons from the 2016 voucher program to the 2017 award cycle, which opened March 13 and closes April 10.

Note: Full details are also available at

U.S. Department of Energy–Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Releases FY 2017 Request for Information (RFI) for Nuclear Materials

DOE-NE has released a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-SOL- 0010995) “FY 2017 University, National Laboratory, Industry and International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library.” 

DOE-NE, through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), is currently seeking information regarding 
  1. existing nuclear energy research materials and specimens that can, potentially, be added to the NFML, and 
  2. future needs for nuclear energy-related material to support ongoing nuclear energy challenges as well as future research advancements in nuclear energy.
The Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML), which is owned by DOE-NE and curated by the NSUF, is a collection of specialized information and nuclear fuel and material specimens from past and ongoing irradiation test campaigns, as well as real-world components retrieved from decommissioned power reactors, and donations from other sources. The NFML can be accessed through a web portal at the Nuclear Science User Facilities website or directly at

The RFI will be posted on and the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Responses to the RFI must be submitted through the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Detailed instructions are included in the RFI along with contact information for help with completing a submission.

The FY 2017 RFI will be open for submissions until June 30, 2017. The FY 2018 NFML RFI is planned to open in fall of 2017 and close in the summer of 2018.

Submissions Due: June 30, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (DE-SOL-0010995) University, National Laboratory, Industry & International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels & Materials Library (PDF) (HTML)


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By Rebecca Kern

Not long ago, a company wanting decades-old national laboratory data on using sodium—instead of water—to cool a nuclear reactor could not have gotten access to such proprietary information.

But a novel Energy Department cost-share program is helping small firms partner with labs to use such data, as well as the labs’ facilities and expertise, as a way to bolster research into advanced reactor technologies.

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Initiative, launched in November 2015, has awarded up to $2 million in small business vouchers to eight start-up companies to partner with nine participating national labs for one year to overcome specific research and development hurdles for advanced-reactor technologies.

GAIN opened a second small-businesses voucher round March 13 aimed at providing research funding that covers of 80 percent of the firm’s projects.

Rita Baranwal, director of the GAIN program at Idaho National Laboratory, hopes to double the funding this year, depending on overall congressional funding for the Energy Department. The nuclear industry and its advocates have repeatedly said the U.S. must overhaul how nuclear reactors are designed, financed and built in order to be competitive with other energy sources in the future.

“One of the main initiatives is to close the gap to commercialize their technology and to try to get these companies closer to the finish line,” Baranwal, who was formerly director of technology development at Westinghouse Electric Co., told Bloomberg BNA.

“We do that by providing them access to DOE facilities, providing them some financial assistance, and providing them some guidance through the regulatory process as well.”

Continued at link 

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Preliminary Draft Guidance on Non-Light Water Reactor Security Design Considerations

The Commission's "Policy Statement on the Regulation of Advanced Reactors," (73 FR 60612; October 14, 2008) states that the design of advanced reactors should "include considerations for safety and security requirements together in the design process such that security issues (e.g., newly identified threats of terrorist attacks) can be effectively resolved through facility design and engineered security features, and formulation of mitigation measures, with reduced reliance on human actions."


The NRC staff issued preliminary draft guidance on non-light water reactor security design considerations for public comment. This document sets forth a set of “security design considerations” that a designer should consider while developing the facility design. These considerations, if adequately implemented through detailed design, along with the adequate implementation of administrative controls and security programs, are one way to protect a nuclear power reactor against the DBT for radiological sabotage. The security design considerations document is available in the NRC’s Agencywide Document Access and Management System at accession no. ML16305A328. A notice was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2017 (FRN 2017-04873). The comment period closes on April 27, 2017.


Note: Nuclear Energy Voucher information can be found under the "Opportunities" heading or here:

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) today announced the availability of fiscal year 2017 funds for small business vouchers to assist applicants developing advanced nuclear energy technologies who are seeking access to the world class expertise and capabilities available across the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories complex. The small business vouchers are provided by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy to support nuclear energy innovation in the small business sector.

"The objective of GAIN is to accelerate cost-effective commercialization of innovative nuclear energy technologies," said Rita Baranwal, GAIN director. "This cost-sharing initiative enables partnerships with small businesses and provides them with access to the technical, regulatory and financial support necessary to bridge the gap to delivering new technologies to market."

A Letter of Intent from a company intending to submit a voucher application is requested and strongly encouraged to be submitted by March 9, 2017. Submitting a Letter of Intent will enable GAIN to assist with identifying appropriate facilities and staff to support the voucher application and to assist the applicant as needed. More information on the vouchers and eligibility requirements are available at

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear is a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to provide the nuclear industrial community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move new or advanced nuclear technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. Day-to-day management of GAIN is the responsibility of Idaho National Laboratory. See more GAIN news at Follow @GAINnuclear on Twitter or visit our Facebook page at


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