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Updated Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tomorrow's Nuclear Fuel

INL Neutron Radiography Reactor re-irradiates fuel to enable safety analyses

By Nora Imhlte
A new phase of post-irradiation examinations (PIE) of nuclear fuel has begun at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC).

Using the Neutron Radiography Reactor (NRAD), a research reactor located beneath the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at MFC, researchers successfully re-irradiated a high-temperature fuel known as tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel. Merely hours after re-irradiation, the fuel was transferred into the HFEF main radiation hot cell to study the fuel's ability to retain short-lived fission products at high temperatures. 

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Nearly $20 Million to Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies

DOE released its announcement of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) selections. The awards that are nuclear energy related are listed below. The press release and list of 54 projects at 12 national labs is available on OTT's website:

Argonne National Laboratory
  • NRC Qualification of Advanced Reactor Safety Analysis Software, $75,000
  • Passive, High Efficiency Ventilation for the DRACS and other Natural Circulation Systems, $100,000
  • Joint Development of SAS4A Code in Application to Oxide-fueled LFR Severe Accident Analysis, $400,000
    • Westinghouse Nuclear, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Advanced Physics-Based Fluid System Performance Monitoring to Support Nuclear Power Plant Operations,$500,000
    • LPI Inc. Amesbury, Mass.
Idaho National Laboratory
  • RAVEN Code Commercial Deployment for Industrial Related Applications, $250,000
    • FPoliSolutions, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Integration of PHISICS into the AREVA reactor design suite for commercial application to High Temperature Reactors, $300,000
    • AREVA NP Inc., Lynchburg, Va.
  • Seismic Isolation of Major Advanced Reactor Systems for Economic Improvement and Safety Assurance,$710,000
    • Southern Company Services Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
    • TerraPower, Bellevue, Wash.
    • X-energy, Greenbelt, Md.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Development of a Micro-Reactor for Generator of Nuclear Power, $750,000
    • Westinghouse Electric Company, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Sandia National Laboratories
  • Consolidation of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel into a Universal Canister for Storage, Transportation, and Disposal, $750,000
    • NAC International, Norcross, Ga.

Idaho National Laboratory Change Detection Team Eyes Commercialization

By Paul Menser

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.

Yet when the INL inventors took a version of CDS tailored toward the nuclear power industry to a commercialization boot camp, their deep dive into "customer discovery" made them readjust their thinking. What they thought would appeal most to potential customers was completely off the mark, but the possibilities their potential customers saw for the program turned out to be much more exciting.

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Dr. Rita Baranwal, Director
Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)

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U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, at the
Idaho National Lab, Energy Innovation Laboratory
in Idaho Falls on May 9, 2017

"If you really care about this environment that we live in -- and I think the vast majority of the people in the country and the world do -- then you need to be a supporter of this amazingly clean, resilient, safe, reliable source of energy," Perry said during a news conference.