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MSR - 2017 Workshop on Molten Salt Reactor Technologies
October 03-04, 2017 - Oakridge, TN
Workshop Objective: Provided a forum for sharing information and status on MSR R&D programs, technology developments, international collaborations, and state of maturity of evolving MSR technologies; and put a special emphasis on 2017 safety and licensing topics to initiate discussions on these key areas to identify needed R&D and tool development to support the ultimate licensing of MSRs.


NSUF-GAIN Nuclear Thermal-Hydraulics Workshop
July 13, 2017 - Idaho Falls, ID
Workshop Objective: Develop a ranked list of US domestic thermal-hydraulic research and development needs for each of the reactor technology groups in support of nuclear energy focused R&D.

Fuel Safety Research Workshop
May 01-04, 2017 - Idaho Falls, ID
This workshop was to gather fuel safety needs from the broad range of nuclear industry. It provided a forum to learn about transient testing from a research and regulatory perspective. 
GAIN Fuel Safety Research Workshop Posters
GAIN Fuel Safety Research Workshop Summary Report

Molten Salt Chemistry Workshop
April 10-12, 2017 - Oak Ridge, TN
At the dawn of this century, nuclear experts in the Generation IV International Forum recognized the unique capabilities of molten salts in one of six next-generation reactor designs. Since that time, various national research and development programs, most notably in China, have focused resources on developing molten salt reactors (MSRs) of various designs. In the past decade in the United States, new designs and applications have matured to the point that a number of companies have dedicated resources, enthusiasm, and new approaches to MSR technology development. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories have supported this evolution by working with multiple companies and universities; this relationship matured in 2015 with the creation of the Gateway for Acceleration of Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative working in concert with the US Industry MSR Technical Working Group.
Molten Salt Chemistry Workshop
Molten Salt Chemistry Workshop Summary

Advanced Reactor Modeling and Simulation Workshop #2
January 24-25, 2017 - Charlotte, NC 
A GAIN-EPRI Modeling & Simulation (M&S) workshop was held on January 24-25, 2017 to share DOE national laboratory M&S capabilities and connect DOE laboratory subject matter experts with representatives from the advanced reactor developer community in an effort to address industry's M&S needs.  The purpose of the workshop exemplified the GAIN philosophy to increase coordination and collaboration, as well as access to and interactions, with the national laboratory complex.  More than 13 developers were represented in the workshop that was attended by more than 70 representatives from industry, universities, DOE, NRC and national laboratories (Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Argonne, Sandia, and Idaho). 

MSR - 2016 Workshop on Molten Salt Reactor Technologies
October 04-05, 2016 - Oakridge, TN
Experts in advanced nuclear reactors gathered at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to share progress in molten salt technology with the hope that their work will move molten salt reactors (MSRs) from concept to construction in the coming years.
The two-day workshop, "Moving MSRs Forward—The Next Steps", took place October 4–5 and included nearly 200 attendees from national labs, industry, utilities, reactor design firms, and international development companies. Presentations and roundtable discussions focused on work that took place in the last year and challenges facing the molten salt community in further developing the technology. This year's meeting was the successor to the inaugural 2015 workshop that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the startup of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) at ORNL.
MSR 2016 Workshop


Summit on Improving the Economics of America's Nuclear Power Plants
September 2016
Growing attention is being directed toward nuclear power plant economics, with the distinct likelihood of shuttering currently operating plants in the not-to-distant future. The Department of Energy is leading efforts to characterize and understand the causes of the economic challenges, and devise real-world solutions assuring clean and reliable energy from nuclear power is available for the American public.

Two recent reports (linked below) prepared for the Department highlight and address these challenges. The first report, Summit on Improving the Economics of America's Nuclear Power Plants, 
represents a summary of the engaging dialog occurring at the May 19, 2016 Summit on Improving the Economics of America’s Nuclear Power Plants. A second report, Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet, released in September 2016 provides detailed analyses quantifying the gap between revenue from electricity production and the costs of operating and maintaining nuclear power plants. These reports may be useful to those interested in working to retain the clean energy source of nuclear power. 
Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commericial Fleet-ESSAI


Initial GAIN Workshops
July 2016
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosted three technology-specific workshops to discuss the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) needs of industries targeting advanced nuclear energy technologies. These workshops, held in July 2016, engaged companies developing concepts in Molten Salt Reactor, High Temperature Gas Reactor, and Fast Reactor Technologies. Participants from these advanced reactor design communities were asked to present their RD&D needs for design and licensing that the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) is uniquely qualified to address.

MSR - 2015 Workshop on Molten Salt Reactor Technologies
October 15-16, 2015 - Oakridge, TN
Workshop Objectives: (1) Commemorate and acknowledge the 50th year anniversary of the startup of the Molten Salt REactor Experiment reflecting back on the successful operations and (2) provide a forum for sharing information and status on several MSR-related initiatives, R&D programs, and international collaborations that have developed recently as renewed interest in MSRs has emerged.

Nuclear Innovation Workshops
March 2015
Innovation can fulfill an essential role in developing and implementing the strategies and capabilities for improved production and utilization of energy resources. The recently completed Nuclear Energy Innovation Workshops provided intriguing insights into those innovations that are judged—by a diverse sampling of today's nuclear energy enterprise—to be most important and hold the greatest promise. As might be expected, the most frequently discussed innovations are directed toward policy, investment, human capital, and communication of the importance of nuclear energy in achieving an environmentally responsible and economic energy future. Not surprisingly, the most frequently discussed technologically innovative ideas are directed toward enabling further development and commercialization of concepts that are already conceived, but not matured.