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Voucher Program Announcement, 

ANS Special Session, and ANS Panel Session

Thursday, July 20, 2017

GAIN 2017 NE-Voucher Program

On June 26, 2017, the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced that 14 businesses will be provided nuclear energy vouchers worth approximately $4.2 million to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. The GAIN nuclear energy vouchers provide advanced nuclear technology innovators with access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the U.S. DOE national laboratories complex.  GAIN nuclear energy 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.  The businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers are provided in the table.

American Nuclear Society Special Session

On June 12, Rita Baranwal participated in the President's Special Session: ANS Nuclear Grand Challenges at the American Nuclear Society's Annual Meeting. The special session was central to an ANS effort to identify the technical nuclear challenges that need to be resolved by 2030 in order to help solve some of the economic, sociological, or political issues that the Society faces. Following a robust discussion, ANS recognized nine Nuclear Grand Challenges, including one wholly focused on advanced nuclear reactor designs:

Expedite licensing and deployment of advanced reactor designs. We must develop a practical path forward for applying innovative approaches to licensing advanced reactor designs. We must do this in a way that reduces the regulatory burden while still ensuring safety and meeting the pace of commerce. Eliminating difficulties facing the licensing and construction of new nuclear power plants would impact nuclear power investments significantly.


American Nuclear Society Panel Session

On June 14, Lori Braase and Martin Sattison, INL, organized and chaired a session panel titled "Risk Aspects of Advanced Reactor Technologies Supported by GAIN" at the American Nuclear Society's Annual Meeting. The panelists discussed the risk and safety research opportunities for advanced reactor technologies that are supported by GAIN, including high temperature gas reactors, fast reactors and molten salt reactors. The meeting session included an overview presentation on GAIN, technical presentations on specific technology risks and safety challenges, and the current R&D efforts in these areas. The session ended with a moderated, informal discussion covering the same areas. The audience for the session was standing-room only and the session was very well-received based on ANS meeting participant feedback.

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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.