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Iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys are candidates to be used as nuclear fuel cladding for increased accident tolerance. An analysis of the response of FeCrAl under normal operating and loss of coolant conditions has been performed using fuel performance modeling. In particular, recent information on FeCrAl material properties and phenomena from separate effects tests has been implemented in the BISON fuel performance code and analyses of integral fuel rod behavior with FeCrAl cladding have been performed. BISON simulations included both light water reactor normal operation and loss-of-coolant accidental transients. In order to model fuel rod behavior during accidents, a cladding failure criterion is desirable. For FeCrAl alloys, a failure criterion is developed using recent burst experiments under loss of coolant like conditions. The added material models are utilized to perform comparative studies with Zircaloy-4 under normal operating conditions and oxidizing and non-oxidizing out-of-pile loss of coolant conditions. The results indicate that for all conditions studied, FeCrAl behaves similarly to Zircaloy-4 with the exception of improved oxidation performance. Further experiments are required to confirm these observations. READ MORE

1/3/2018
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) today announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds for 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 laboratory complex. The vouchers are provided by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy to support nuclear energy innovation. READ MORE

12/13/2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States.

“Targeted early-stage investment in advanced nuclear technology will support a strong domestic industry now and into the future,” said Secretary Perry. “This funding opportunity is an important step to ensure our nation continues to benefit from this clean, resilient source of electricity.”

DOE expects to make up to $30 million or more available in FY 2018 awards, subject to the availability of funding. The FOA will be open for a five-year period accepting applications on a year-round basis, with a quarterly selection process. Additional funding will be available in future years, as allocated by Congress.

Through this competition, DOE encourages U.S. companies to partner with other U.S. federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities to share expertise needed to successfully develop these innovative technologies.

This FOA is available at www.grants.gov under reference number DE-FOA-0001817. Initial applications are due January 31, 2018.

DOE will conduct a webinar on January 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST for more information on this funding opportunity. You can register for the webinar here. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document is also available at www.id.doe.gov.

ANNOUNCEMENT

FOA: DE-FOA-0001817


12/7/2017
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​Advanced nuclear technologies can propel the world toward our climate goals by providing affordable, zero-carbon electricity and heat; supporting the growth of renewable energy sources; and supplying clean energy for water. See More



12/6/2017
  

​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


10/26/2017
  

​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

10/23/2017
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​ESSAI - Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet - Cost and Revenue Study Read More


10/20/2017
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ARPA-E Provides up to $20 Million in Funding for Technologies to Enable Lower Cost, Safer Advanced Nuclear Plant Designs Read More

10/20/2017
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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

10/20/2017
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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

10/19/2017
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​Read the September 2017 issue 6 of the AMM Newsletter 

10/18/2017
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​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

9/25/2017
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​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


9/19/2017
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​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.
9/13/2017
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​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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9/13/2017
  

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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8/31/2017
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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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8/31/2017
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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

8/28/2017
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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


8/2/2017
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​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

8/2/2017
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​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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6/26/2017
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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

6/21/2017
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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.

6/19/2017
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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.



6/14/2017
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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 


5/11/2017
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​Idaho Falls Post-Register

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN


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. 
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5/5/2017
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​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




4/25/2017
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Read the March 2017 issue of the ASI Newsletter

4/4/2017
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​Read the March 2017 issue of the AMM Newsletter

4/4/2017
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​See https://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/DOE-Nuclear-Innovation-Partnership-GAINs-Steam for the original.


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).

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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.







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