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:
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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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
The latest information about advanced nuclear energy is now a mouse click away.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) just unveiled Milestones in Advanced Nuclear, an interactive website that provides the latest news in the U.S. nuclear power industry.
GAIN is industry's gateway into the national labs. Now GAIN is also the gateway into nuclear news.
“Advanced nuclear has been building momentum over the past five years and it is getting difficult to stay current with the latest developments from all facets of our industry," GAIN Director Christine King said. “The website offers a concise description of each item, and why this milestone is important and links to the most recent news for that item."
The milestones were developed with the help of more than 100 people across the U.S. representing the nuclear energy industry, utility executives, and lawmakers.
“This website is a great tool to see our progress as an industry," said Peter Hastings, vice president of Kairos Power, an advanced nuclear reactor developer. “It is extremely helpful to show not only our company's progress but also that of other advanced reactor developers as well as the industry as a whole. This website makes it easy to see the immense opportunity advanced nuclear represents for our clean energy future.".
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WASHINGTON – The U.S.
Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA)
announced the rollout of U.S. Nuclear Nexus (http://www.anl.gov/nuclear-nexus),
a tool designed to foster timely connections between NNSA and the U.S. nuclear
industry on the global deployment of advanced nuclear technology on August 17.
Nexus will act as a single point of access for NNSA and DOE National Laboratory
recommendations, training, tools, and other relevant technical expertise and
guidance on nonproliferation.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that two 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 third set of awards in FY 2021.
The business selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 3 FY 2021 are: Engineered Soulutions Group LLC - Brevard, NC and Vega Wave Systems, Inc. - West Chicago, IL.
In Service Inspection is a major challenge to consider for future Generation IV
Reactors safety. Therefore, a large focus of R&D work has been performed since
2010 in France for the Sodium Fast Reactor systems (SFR), mainly dedicated to
the inspection of reactor block structures, primary components and circuits, and
Power Conversion System main components (Heat Exchangers). In Service
Inspection requirements have to be taken into account since the early preconceptual design phase, then consolidated through the basic design phase with
more detailed specifications leading to increase the inspection tools ability for
immersed sodium structures of SFRs, at about 200°C (shut down conditions).
Inspection within the main vessel should be performed either with transducers
immersed in sodium (with associated in sodium robotics) and with transducers
located out of sodium medium. Nondestructive Examination, Telemetry and
Imaging are qualified with experimental in-water and then in-sodium testing, using
ultrasonic transducers. Experimental results are then compared to simulations
using French CIVA software platform results. Repair was also part of this program,
with laser system development. This webinar provides a technical overview of this
ISI&R program that involves specific international collaborations done through
GENIV mainly. Of course, it also benefits to other Gen4 systems.
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The development of critical design criteria for new advanced reactor systems, components, and materials requires an understanding of both fabrication and the irradiation environment during normal operating and accident conditions. Next-generation researchers and designers are therefore challenged not only by demands for improved performance, they must also work to shorten the development and commercialization lifecycle for new nuclear reactors and systems to remain competitive. This provides unique and exciting opportunities for all contributors to this field of study. This presentation will offer a strategic overview of the impact that advanced manufacturing has on the lifecycle of new generation reactors. By evaluating state-of-the-art practices found in other large manufacturing industries, this presentation provides an overview of major innovation areas that are considered to benefit the GEN-IV systems (SFR, GFR, LFR, FSMR...). Synergetic advanced manufacturing approaches beneficial to the collective GEN-IV systems, with some examples of differentiating approaches necessary for specific reactor designs, are discussed. Furthermore, new paradigms in licensing approaches for additively manufactured parts will be discussed.
Application Deadline for Cycle 2021-1 of the Industry Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to be Extended from April 30, 2021 to May 28, 2021
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) continues to evaluate its fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations to determine impacts on and priorities for its various research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs. However, due to shifting priorities within the Department in response to the Congressionally-initiated Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program and the need to support multiple high profile commitments, combined with near-term uncertainties due to the ongoing administration and leadership transition, NE has determined that it is in the best interest of both the advanced reactor technology development community and the Government to extend the application due date for Cycle 2021-1 for the Industry FOA from April 30, 2021 to May 28, 2021.
Official notification of this date extension has been issued via Amendment 011 to U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001817. https://www.id.energy.gov/NEWS/FOA/FOAOpportunities/FOA.htm.
At this time, NE anticipates executing two Industry FOA award cycles during FY 2021. As soon as possible following this notification, NE will update its estimate of FY 2021 funds available for Industry FOA awards via a question and answer (Q&A) update posted to the Industry FOA webpage. Such funds will be maximized to the extent practical, while balancing NE requirements for industry, university, national laboratory, and cross-cutting RD&D and support of enabling capabilities.
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 first set of awards in FY 2021. The businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 2 FY 2021 are: Lightbridge Corp. - Reston, VA, Oklo Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA, Radiant - El Segundo, CA
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The U.S. Senate today confirmed Jennifer Granholm as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Secretary Granholm is the former Attorney General and Governor of Michigan.
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New webinar series explores carbon-free choices
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – What does it mean to be carbon-free? This central question will be explored in a new Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) webinar series, “Shaping our Carbon-Free Future,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST on March 2, 2021.
The webinar will examine the magnitude of the carbon-free challenge, what it means, and potential pathways to reducing both individuals’ and the nation’s carbon footprint.
This event will unveil the GAIN Energy Calculator, an interactive tool that lets users create their own energy pathway, revealing the trade-offs of their choices when making energy-wise decisions.
“We are bringing together the best and brightest minds behind achieving clean energy goals from a variety of perspectives,” said Christine King, director of GAIN.
The keynote speaker is Zeke Hausfather of The Breakthrough Institute. Andy Worrall, deputy director of GAIN, will introduce the GAIN Energy Calculator, with technical presentations from leading experts in the field.
Shaping our Carbon-Free Future11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST; 1 to 4 p.m. EST, March 2, 2021Register Here
Shaping our Carbon-Free Future
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST; 1 to 4 p.m. EST, March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0542) through March 2, 2021.
DOE issued the Draft Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) EIS for public review and comment on December 21, 2020. The Draft document identifies Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as DOE’s preferred location for the VTR. DOE’s VTR is a proposed sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear energy technologies.
The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft VTR EIS. Written comments on the Draft VTR EIS should be sent by email to VTR.EIS@nuclear.energy.gov, or by mail to Mr. James Lovejoy, Document Manager, at: U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, MS 1235, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415. The Draft VTR EIS is available for review at the DOE Nuclear Energy website or the DOE National Environmental Policy Act website.
The Department will make a final decision regarding the VTR following the completion and publication of a Final EIS and a Record of Decision.
Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) stores ~90 million gallons of radioactive and hazardous waste in ~230 underground tanks at Hanford and Savannah River. At Hanford, approximately 20 million gallons of that waste is in a liquid form (supematant), approximately 10 million gallons is in the form of insoluble sludge materials and the remainder is in a partially soluble solid fform referred to as saltcake. Treatment and immobilization of the tank waste into a glass waste is planned with the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) being the principal plant where this will be accomplished. This webinar focuses on the integrated flowsheet that encompasses storage, retrieval, pretreatment, immobilization, and disposal. The major emphasis or focal point will be the vitrification with respect to: 1) Troublesome waste componenets and their impact on glass formulation/operations; 2) Critical process and products performance properties (why and how they are measured); 3) Process control strategies and use/impact of glass models/algorithms; 4) Relationship between acceptable glass compositional regions and operation flexibility; 5) Significant advancements in glass formulation and the impact on the flowsheet/operations; 6) Operational lessons learned.
ALTO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 The Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI) today announced Dr. Rita Baranwal as its
new Vice President of Nuclear Energy and Chief Nuclear Officer.
Baranwal succeeds Neil Wilmshurst, who was promoted to Senior Vice
President of Energy System Resources in November.
Baranwal most recently served as the U.S. Energy Department's Assistant
Secretary for its Office of Nuclear Energy, where she managed DOE's portfolio
of nuclear research for existing and advanced reactors and new designs.
Prior to that role, Baranwal directed the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in
Nuclear (GAIN) initiative at Idaho National Laboratory. Under her leadership,
GAIN positively impacted over 120 companies with state-of-the-art R&D
expertise, capabilities, and infrastructure that supported faster,
cost-effective development, demonstration, and ultimate deployment of
innovative nuclear energy technologies.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold two webcast public hearings to present information and accept comments on the Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement (VTR EIS). DOE is hosting internet-based public hearings in place of in-person hearings due to ongoing public health concerns. The proposed VTR would be a sodium-cooled, fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear energy technologies. The Draft VTR EIS, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), analyzes potential impacts of the VTR alternatives and options for reactor fuel production. The Draft VTR EIS evaluates: (1) Construction and operation of the VTR at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) or the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This includes operating and performing experiments in the VTR, post-irradiation examination of irradiated test specimens in hot cell facilities, and spent fuel conditioning and storage pending offsite shipment; (2) Production of fuel for the VTR at INL and/or the Savannah River Site, including preparing feedstock for the fuel, fabricating fuel pins, and assembling the fuel pins into reactor fuel; and (3) A no-action alternative under which DOE would not pursue the construction and operation of a VTR.
knowledge on MOX fuel behavior in fast neutron reactors comes mainly from
feedback on SFRs that have operated in the past in Europe, USA, Japan and are
still in service in Russia, India and China. The GENERATION-IV systems (SFR,
GFR, LFR, FSMR...) with the associated fuel cycle strategy have been chosen to
face the requirements of safety, non-proliferation, sustainability and waste
minimization. This completion is possible thanks to the flexibility of fast
neutron systems: they offer the possibility of using plutonium and uranium
coming from spent fuel, making the best use of resources while reducing waste.
Thus (U,Pu)O2 has proved to be the most ready candidate to achieve these
performances in reactor and during the fuel cycle. Mox fuel is suitable for
example for multirecycling, isogeneration, burning or breeding plutonium
through adjustment of Pu concentration. Taking into account a wide range of
fuel composition (Pu content: 20 to 45%), irradiation conditions and applying
the safety criteria, we will present the state of the art on MOX fuel for GENIV
systems with respect to knowledge and qualification. The knowledge on
(U,Pu)O2 will be presented under the aspects of material properties and fuel
behavior under irradiation with post irradiation examinations and modelling.
The methodology of MOX qualification will be will be detailed with TRL
(Technological Readiness Level) scale evaluation and the need to extend the
qualification area in order to cover all design, composition and situations
GAIN's director Christine King has been on the job for 10 months. Rita Baranwal, who used to run GAIN, was named assistant secretary of energy for nuclear energy last year.
"We help people find the right other people," King said of GAIN. "As you know, there are a lot of stakeholders in this business. And if you're new to it, it can be hard to know who to talk to."
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 first set of awards in FY 2021.
The businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 1 FY 2021 are: Exelon Generation - Kennett Square, PA, TerraPower, LLC - Bellevue, WA, and Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC - Columbia, SC.
Flows in opaque systems can present a significant challenge to experimental
investigators. Understanding flow phenomena in reactor components often relies on
the use of simulation, as well as experiments using surrogate materials and fluids to
allow optical access. Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) is a radiotracer-based
technique that uses the same technology as the medical imaging platform PET (positron
emission tomography). As such, PEPT can be used to directly study flows in opaque
systems. The research focus has been on the development and deployment of new PEPT
reconstruction algorithms that allow the simultaneous tracking of multiple tracers,
increasing data collection efficiency and enabling new measurements. Herein Dr.
Wiggins will discuss the basics of PEPT, as well as its utility for measurements in pipes,
heat exchangers, and pebble beds, among other systems. The data gleaned from such
experiments can be used for both fundamental understanding of flow phenomena and
validation of the computational fluid dynamics models being used for next generation