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​WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for uranium enrichment services to help establish a reliable domestic supply of fuels using high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU)—a crucial material needed to deploy advanced nuclear reactors, which will help reach President Biden’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, increase energy security, create good-paying jobs, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness. Currently, HALEU is not commercially available from U.S.-based suppliers, and boosting domestic supply could spur the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the United States. 

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1/9/2024
  

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that seven companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 first award for FY 2024.

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 1 FY 2024 are: ARC Clean Technology, Inc., Washington, DC; Aalo Atomics, Austing, TX; Boston Atomics, Boston, MA; Energy Northwest, Righland, WA; Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas, Wilmington, NC; SHINE Technologies, Janesville, WI; Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC, Cranberry Township, PA.

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12/19/2023
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​Pre-applications open through December 10. 

Calling entrepreneurs and scientists!

Join the fight against climate change by bringing national lab innovation to the market. C2C bring together 100+ cutting-edge national lab techs, 50+ test beds and prototyping facilities, and a suite of expert mentors.

Apply to join C2C's Legion to help accelerate climate tech solutions to impact. Our pre-application is live now at the following this link.​

12/5/2023
  

​The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that two companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 fourth and final award for FY 2023. The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 4 FY 2023 are: Metomic, Inc., Greemville, SC and NuScale Power LLC, Corvallis, OR.

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9/26/2023
  

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that seven companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 third award for FY 2023.

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 3 FY 2023 are: ARC Clean Technology, Inc., Washington, D.C; Alpha Tech Research Corp., American Fork, UT; General Atomics, San Diego, CA; Kairos Power, LLC, Alameda, CA; Moltex Energy USA LLC, Wilmington, DE; Ultra Energy (Weed Instrument Company, Inc), Round Rock, TX; Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA. 

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6/26/2023
  

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback on two draft requests for proposals (RFPs) to acquire high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU)—a crucial material needed to develop and deploy advanced reactors in the United States.

The first draft RFP focuses on acquiring services for production of HALEU material. The second focuses on deconversion activities to convert enriched uranium hexafluoride gas into metal or oxide forms used to fabricate fuels needed by various advanced reactor developers.

DOE is looking for feedback on the draft solicitations, including the goals, scope, and selection criteria. DOE will use that feedback to inform the final RFPs to be issued later this year. The draft RFPs are open for public comment until July 6.

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6/5/2023
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​Ten projects selected to accelerate current and advanced nuclear reactor demonstrations and deployments  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $22.1 million to 10 industry-led projects, including two aimed at expanding clean hydrogen production with nuclear energy and one focused on bringing a microreactor design closer to deployment. The other projects intend to tackle nuclear regulatory hurdles, improve operations of existing reactors, and facilitate new advanced reactor developments. Each of these projects will help advance nuclear technology and ensure nuclear power continues to play a crucial role in meeting President Biden’s emission reduction and climate change goals.

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5/9/2023
  

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that one company will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 award for FY 2023.

The business selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 2 FY 2023 is: Curio Solutions, Washington, D.C. 

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3/21/2023
  

​Nuclear innovation in small modular reactors (SMRs) has the potential to address multiple energy policy priorities around the world, from decarbonising electricity and deep decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors, to ensuring security of energy supply, and promoting economic development and prosperity. A wide range of SMR concepts are under development around the world to help meet these energy policy priorities. They are at different levels of technology readiness, with several taking significant steps towards commercialisation.

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3/13/2023
  
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that four companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 first award for FY 2023.
The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 1 FY 2023 are: Dow, Midland, MI; Flibe Energy, Huntsville, AL; Oklo Inc., Santa Clara, CA; Radiant Industries Inc., El Segundo, CA

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12/15/2022
  

DOE Establishes HALEU Consortium 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the establishment of a high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) consortium. The HALEU Consortium will help inform DOE activities to secure a domestic supply of HALEU—a crucial material needed to develop and deploy advanced reactors in the United States.

Membership is free and open to any U.S. entity, association, and government organization involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. It also may include organizations whose facilities are in ally or partner nations designated by DOE. 

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12/7/2022
  

Concrete plans to replace coal-fired plants with small modular reactors (SMRs) reveal a clear path to nth-of-a-kind deployment, say developers and researchers.


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12/6/2022
  

​Rachel Taow attended high school in Idaho Falls, joined the US Army as an intelligence analyst, received an Bachelors of International Studies degree from ISU, and is now seeking a Law degree. She has recently been recognized for advancing her field at the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear at Idaho National Lab. Hear her conversation with ISU Director of Alumni Relations Ryan Sargent in this edition of Bengal Tales

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12/6/2022
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​2023 Pitch Your GEN IV Research

· Are you a current PhD student or did you complete your PhD after January 1, 2021?

· Was your PhD research related to Generation IV Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems?

· Can you explain your research in four minutes?

If you answered YES to those questions, you may be interested in the 2023 Pitch Your GEN IV Research competition.

For research related to GEN IV Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems enter by submitting your one-page executive summary by January 15, 2023.



11/9/2022
  

​The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that three nuclear companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 fourth and final award for FY 2022.

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 4 FY 2022 are: Curio Solutions, Washington, D.C.; Elementl Power LLC, Greer, South Carolina; and Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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10/10/2022
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Last year, Bill Gates was speaking at the Nuclear Energy Assembly's virtual conference about his company's plans to build an advanced reactor in Wyoming.

Julian Colvin, a 22-year-old nuclear engineering student at North Carolina State University, was listening and posted a question in the chat: “I'm Julian. I go to NC State, and I wonder what a state like Kentucky could do to attract advanced nuclear projects?"

Colvin, a passionate advocate of nuclear energy, wasn't really expecting a response. “I was sort of half hoping Bill Gates, or some other business tycoon, would see my message and offer some great advice. In the end, I think the response I got was much better," he said.

​That response came from another attendee, Christine King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).

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8/18/2022
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  • Dow and X-energy collaborate on intent to provide process heat and power at one of Dow's U.S. Gulf Coast facilities by ~2030
  • Dow is first manufacturer to announce intention to develop small modular nuclear technology options
  • Dow intends to take a minority equity stake in X-energy
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8/9/2022
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The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that four nuclear companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 third award for FY 2022.  

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 3 FY 2022 are: Orano Federal Services LLC, Charlotte, NC and TerraPower, LLC, Bellevue, WA 

6/22/2022
  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The proposed VTR will be a sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear technologies that will play a crucial role in helping the United States reach net-zero emissions by 2050.  

6/13/2022
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​The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop partnerships between the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and various communities. With an emphasis on environmental justice, these partners will work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance energy, environmental, and economic initiatives. 

This FOA will provide up to 11 awards totaling $1.6 million over three years. The funding will focus on:

  • Energy Communities – Develop resources and educational materials for the community and local government officials.
  • Energy Justice Organizations and Communities – Partner with organizations and communities at the frontlines of the energy transition who are impacted by and/or interested in nuclear energy and its fuel cycle.
  • Workforce Development and Educational Outreach – Develop materials for educators to help students understand the basics of nuclear science and encourage careers in STEM fields. 
  • International Nuclear Education Development – Fund fellowships for international students to study nuclear engineering at American universities, national labs, and with industry partners.  ​

NE Press Release

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4/28/2022
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​On April 20, 2022, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) issued Modification 002 to the Request for Information (RFI) #DE-SOL-0008246.  DOE-NE is seeking input from the nuclear energy community, including technical and community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other Minority Serving Institutions, for its competitive Research and Development (R&D) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for universities.

DOE-NE is seeking ideas, input, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future competitive university-led research projects.

This input may lead to a more robust R&D program that reflects communities' ideas and could identify new creative, innovative, and transformative outcomes. 

DOE-NE also seeks input regarding the structure of the solicitation itself, including any examples of other solicitations that have been successful in utilizing university research.

The RFI is open continuously and the input for consideration in FY 2023 is due May 16, 2022.

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4/20/2022
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now seeking applications and sealed bid submissions under the $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program to support the continued operation of U.S. nuclear reactors. This critical investment, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help avoid premature retirements of nuclear reactors across the country due to financial hardship, preserve thousands of good-paying clean energy jobs to sustain local economies, and protect our nation's largest source of clean, carbon-free electricity.   

The guidance published today directs owners or operators of nuclear power reactors that are expected to shut down due to economic circumstances on how to apply for funding to avoid premature closure. This includes instructions on formulating and submitting sealed bids for potential allocation of credits.  

As urged by many public commenters who responded to the Request for Information (RFI) earlier this year, the first CNC award cycle will prioritize reactors that have already announced their intention to cease operations. Future CNC award cycles, including the second cycle to be launched in the first quarter in FY2023, will not be limited to nuclear reactors that have publicly announced their intentions to retire.   

Applications for certification and sealed bids for credits for the first CNC award cycle must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on May 19th.   


4/19/2022
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HALEU Workshop Report - June 2020​

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3/23/2022
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​The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that four nuclear companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 award for FY 2022. The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 2 FY 2022 are: Elysium Industries USA, New York, NY, Kairos Power, Alameda, CA, Terrestrial Energy USA, Inc., Charlotte, NC, and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. Seattle, WA

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3/22/2022
  

​DOE Seeks Public Input on Executing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Civil Nuclear Credit Program to Ensure Continued Operation of Clean, Reliable Nuclear Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Request for Information (RFI) on the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit Program. The nuclear credit program supports the continued operation of U.S. nuclear reactors, the nation’s largest source of clean power. Both the NOI and RFI are critical first steps to help avoid premature retirements of nuclear reactors across the country, preserving thousands of good-paying clean energy jobs while avoiding carbon emissions. The nuclear credit program is DOE's most recently announced program to support the President’s clean energy goals and ensure that communities across the country continue to see the benefits of sustainable energy infrastructure.  

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2/11/2022
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Small modular reactors supplying electricity in Montana could be part of the solution to the pending closure of the Colstrip coal-fuel power pland and give the facility ew life, a nuclear power advocate told a state legislative panel.  

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1/24/2022
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AGENCY: 
Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy. 

ACTION: ​
Extension of comment period. 

SUMMARY: 
On December 14, 2021, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) issued a RFI inviting input on the planning for establishment of a DOE HALEU Availability Program and to gather information to consider in preparing the required report to Congress describing actions proposed to be carried out by DOE under the program. The Energy Act of 2020 authorized the Department to establish and carry out, through the Office of Nuclear Energy, a program to support the availability of HALEU for civilian domestic research, development, demonstration, and commercial use. The RFI established a January 13, 2022, deadline for the submission of written comments. DOE is extending the comment period to February 14, 2022. 

DATES: 
The comment period for the RFI published on December 14, 2021 (86 FR 71055) is extended. DOE will accept comments, data, and information responding to this RFI submitted on or before February 14, 2022.​ 

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1/7/2022
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​The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that two nuclear companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 first award for FY 2022.

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 1 FY 2022 are: Framatome Inc., Lynchburg, VA and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp., Seattle, WA.

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12/16/2021
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Five projects selected to accelerate commercial 

deployment of advanced reactors and fuels. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $8.5 million to help commercialize promising advanced nuclear technologies. The funding supports five industry-led projects across the country and leverages the latest modeling and simulation tools developed by DOE, in addition to siting analysis and other research activities that will inform the future deployment of advanced reactors on islands or for the potential use in maritime applications.   

“Advanced reactors will completely change the way we engineer, build, and operate nuclear reactors,” said Dr. Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. “These awards support technical and regulatory strides necessary for commercializing new carbon-free nuclear technologies poised to help our nation reach net-zero emissions by 2050.”  

The awards are funded through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity, which has invested more than $215 million in advanced nuclear technologies since 2017. The solicitations are broken down into three funding pathways to support first-of-a-kind nuclear demonstration readiness projects, advanced reactor development projects, and direct regulatory assistance.   

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​​INDUSTRY FOA AWARDEES

11/18/2021
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The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that one nuclear company will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher 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 fourth and final award for FY 2021.

The business selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 4 FY 2021 is: Kinectrics AES Inc., Naperville, IL

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