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​ INL News Release 

June 13, 2016


Joseph Campbell, 208-526-7785,

Laura Scheele, 219-381-8672,

Eight small businesses selected for first GAIN Nuclear Energy Vouchers​

Today, through the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that eight small businesses will be provided up to $2 million for the Nuclear Energy Voucher pilot program. The goal of the program is to assist new entrants into the nuclear field as they build the collaborations necessary to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative nuclear technologies by granting them access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities available at DOE's national laboratories and Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partners.

"We congratulate these small businesses selected for the NE Voucher pilot program, and we look forward to working with each of these organizations as they develop their innovative concepts," said John Kotek, DOE Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. "In addition to this financial support, DOE will be fostering innovation by facilitating these groups' access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities hosted at DOE National Labs and our partners in the Nuclear Science User Facilities program."​

The mission of GAIN is to provide the nuclear community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.

"I am excited to begin working with each of the recipients," said Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, Director of the GAIN initiative and Associate Lab Director for Nuclear Science & Technology at Idaho National Laboratory. "Along with our partner labs, we have the facilities and capabilities needed to help make their advanced nuclear technology concepts a reality. I was impressed with the number and quality of applications and the interest in developing innovative nuclear technologies. The urgency and stakeholder support for these innovations has never been stronger."

The small businesses selected for vouchers are:


GAIN Nuclear Energy Voucher recipients Proposal Partner Facility
Creare LLC
Hanover, NH
Investigation of Materials for Continuous Casting of Metallic Nuclear Fuel Idaho National Laboratory
Columbia Basin Consulting Group, LLC
Kennewick, WA
Lead-Bismuth Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Development Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Terrestrial Energy USA Ltd.
New York, NY
Verification of Molten-Salt Properties at High Temperatures Argonne National Laboratory
Transatomic Power Corporation
Cambridge, MA
Optimization and Assessment of the Neutronics and Fuel Cycle Performance of the Transatomic Power Molten Salt Reactor Design Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ceramic Tubular Products
Rockville, MD
Robust Silicon Carbide Cladding for LWR Application - Corrosion and Irradiation Proof Test of Low Cost Innovations in MIT Research Reactor Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oklo Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
Legacy Metal Fuel Data Exploration for Commercial Scale-Up Argonne National Laboratory/Idaho National Laboratory
CompRex, LLC
De Pere, WI
High Efficiency Heat Exchanger for High Temperature and High Pressure Applications Argonne National Laboratory
Laramie, WY
High efficiency and low cost thermal energy storage system Argonne National Laboratory


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