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Wyoming Firms Win Access To Top Nuclear Labs To Research Advanced Tech

March 22, 2024

By Pat Maio

Two Cheyenne-based companies have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy to work on advanced nuclear technologies.

The businesses, Element Factory LLC and Kanata America Inc., have advanced in a competitive program with the federal energy agency that gives them access to the government’s top research laboratories to work on new advanced nuclear technologies in America.

The work is significant for Wyoming because of the state’s working level of involvement in rolling out a nuclear supply chain for making and assembling the deployment of small, micro nuclear reactors.

Wyoming isn’t unfamiliar with the program launched eight years ago.

Chris Lohse, the innovation and technology director for the Idaho National Laboratories (INL), told Cowboy State Daily that the two Wyoming firms will have access with “vouchers” to specific national labs for their research — considered the gems of nuclear know-how in the country.

The Brayton Point power plant, a coal fired power plant which was shut down on June 1, sits near the Taunton River in Somerset, Massachusetts, U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RC1303CB8000
Some of the nation’s top nuclear research is done at the Idaho National Laboratory. (ATR, Idaho National Laboratories)
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