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Nuclear Energy: Safety, Research & Development, and Future SustainabilityOctober 1, 2019Nuclear Energy forum hosted on October 1, 2019 by the State of Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Summary and PresentationsGAIN announces fourth-round FY-2019 Nuclear Energy Voucher recipientsSeptember 19, 2019The 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 fourth set of awards in FY 2019. The GAIN NE Voucher Program accepts applications on innovation that supports production and utilization of nuclear energy (e.g., for generation of electricity, supply of process heat, etc.) in the following general topic areas:Analysis and evaluation of, and for, advanced reactor concepts and associated designs, including development of licensing information or strategiesStructural material and component development, testing and qualificationAdvanced nuclear fuel development, fabrication and testing (includes fuel materials and cladding)Development, testing, and qualification of instrumentation, controls, and sensor technologies that are hardened for harsh environments and secured against cyber intrusionModeling and simulation, high-performance computing, codes and methodsTechnical assistance from subject matter experts and/or data/information to support technology development and/or confirm key technical or licensing issuesThe businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 4 FY 2019 are:
GAIN NE voucher recipients do not receive direct financial awards. The GAIN nuclear energy vouchers provide access to national laboratory capabilities at no cost to the voucher recipients. All awardees are responsible for a minimum 20 percent cost share, which could be an in-kind contribution. Further information on the GAIN nuclear energy voucher program as well as current and all past awards may be found here. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) established GAIN to provide the nuclear community with 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. Through GAIN, DOE is making its state-of-the-art and continuously improving RD&D infrastructure available to stakeholders to achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness. Printable Version
DOE Launches New Demonstration Center for Advanced Nuclear TechnologiesAugust 15, 2019WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC). The new initiative will assist with the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by harnessing the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratory system.Authorized by the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, NRIC will provide private sector technology developers the necessary support to test and demonstrate their reactor concepts and assess their performance. This will help accelerate the licensing and commercialization of these new nuclear energy systems."NRIC will enable the demonstration and deployment of advanced reactors that will define the future of nuclear energy," said U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. "By bringing industry together with our national labs and university partners, we can enhance our energy independence and position the U.S. as a global leader in advanced nuclear innovation."READ Entire ArticleNRIC Factsheet
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