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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Carnegie Mellon will combine its expertise in additive manufacturing (AM) with Westinghouse’s knowhow in nuclear reactor component fabrication to develop an innovative process for AM of nuclear components. The team chose to redesign nuclear reactor spacer grids as a test case because they are a particularly difficult component to manufacture. The role of spacer grids is to provide mechanical support to nuclear fuel rods within a reactor and reduce vibration as well as cause mixing of the cooling fluid.
… 1000000 … To compete with other energy sources, next-generation nuclear plants need to incorporate much lower construction capital costs and shorter construction … savings in fabricating next generation reactor components and replacement parts for legacy nuclear systems. … AM can substantially disrupt the nuclear vs. fossil fuel competitive landscape by reducing the cost of nuclear reactor components …
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
NETL seeks to produce a novel fiber-optic sensor system for monitoring advanced nuclear reactors that will permit operators to view conditions inside molten-salt cooling loops and inside reactor cores simultaneously and in real-time. This high level of data visibility will enable advanced automation in new reactor systems, and enable design engineers to accelerate the deployment of new reactor designs for commercial use.
… 2027488 … This topic would leverage innovations supporting nuclear energy for the development of technologies that will reduce the cost of nuclear energy. These projects seek to develop advancements in nuclear facility sensors, tools, analytics and controls. The next generation of nuclear reactor …
Brigham Young University (BYU)
Brigham Young University (BYU) will apply two-step chloride volatility (TSCV) to co-extract uranium (U) and transuranics (TRU) in a solventless, gas-solid separation scheme to reduce waste volumes and repository footprint by 10x. The BYU team will reduce risks and uncertainty of the TSCV process by quantifying the volatility of U/TRU chlorides in simulated UNF mixtures, optimizing process parameters for U/TRU extraction, and demonstrating TSCV up to a one-kilogram batch size.
… 900217 … The next generation of advanced nuclear reactors (ARs) is currently being developed to enhance the safety, reduce the cost, and increase the efficiency of nuclear power generation, which is important to meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. Challenges associated with disposal pathways of waste, such as used nuclear fuel (UNF), however, threaten AR development and deployment. ONWARDS seeks to develop and …
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
LBNL will use advanced microfabrication technology to build and scale low-cost, compact, higher-power multi-beam ion accelerators. These accelerators will be able to increase the ion current up to 100 times, helping to enable a new learning curve for compact accelerator technology. MEMS (micro-electro mechanical systems) technology enables massively parallel, low-cost batch fabrication of ion beam accelerators. The team proposes to scale ion accelerators based on MEMS to higher beam power and pack hundreds to thousands of ion beamlets on silicon wafers.
… There is also interest in applying ion-beam implantation to help improve accident-tolerant nuclear fuel cladding to make it resilient to corrosion and radiation effects. A compact ion … flexible, and scalable ion accelerators could enable the rapid development of advanced nuclear energy materials and new applications in manufacturing. … The technology will enable transformative new approaches to generate clean electricity through nuclear fission and fusion. … 0 … The concept could potentially positively improve the energy …
General Electric (GE) Global Research
Advanced reactors must be designed to be financially competitive with fossil fuel power plants to gain a foothold in future energy markets. The GE Research team aims to reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs by moving from a time- to condition-based predictive maintenance framework, using GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 boiling water reactor as the reference design. GE will develop operational, health, and decision predictive maintenance digital twins (PMDTs) to enable continuous monitoring, early warning, diagnostics, and prognostics for the reactor systems.
… 5412810 … Although nuclear power is one pathway to achieving a zero-carbon grid, nuclear power plants are comparatively cost-intensive in some markets. Many industries are … O&M in their processes. O&M is approximately 80% of a reactor’s total generating cost. The nuclear energy industry has not fully explored these innovations, necessitating new designs of …
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Los Alamos National Laboratory will develop a scalable, compact, high-temperature, heat pipe reactor (HPR) to provide heat and electricity to remote areas. A 15MWth HPR could be built on-site in less than a month and self-regulate its power to plug into microgrids. The team will use high temperature materials via advanced manufacturing to reduce costs, and further cost reduction will be achieved from novel sensors embedded in the reactor core for continuous monitoring, reducing the number of operational staff needed.
… 3550064 … Today’s commercial nuclear industry is based on technologies developed in the 1950s and 60s, with no significant … to stay competitive with reductions in the price of natural gas and renewables. For example, nuclear plants still tend to have complicated designs, uncertain construction timelines, high … block, which considerably reduces fabrication and installation costs and improves safety. … Nuclear power has low life-cycle emissions, making it a key source of clean electricity. … 0 … …
Irradiation, Heat, and Corrosion Resistant Hexagonal Boron Nitride-Cement Coating For Mitigating Aging and Irradiation Effects in Nuclear Power Plants
Develop next generation cementitious coating materials to extend the lifetime of key infrastructures subject to extreme conditions such as nuclear power plants. Strategically couple emerging 2D materials technology with lamellar structure of low-CO2 cement to impart greater synergy.
… materials to extend the lifetime of key infrastructures subject to extreme conditions such as nuclear power plants. Strategically couple emerging 2D materials technology with lamellar … Hexagonal Boron Nitride-Cement Coating For Mitigating Aging and Irradiation Effects in Nuclear Power Plants …
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Design, build and operate a robust, portable neutron detection system that will serve as a powerful diagnostic tool in support of efforts to transform fusion energy. The tool’s design will allow for flexible, portable experimental setup, enabling it to provide effective diagnostic measurements at multiple fusion facilities.
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $38 Million for Projects Leading Used Nuclear Fuel Recycling Initiative
Selectees from Universities, National Laboratories, and the Private Sector Will Advance Technologies to Recycle Used Nuclear Fuel Generated from Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors
… million for a dozen projects that will work to reduce the impacts of light-water reactor used nuclear fuel (UNF) disposal. The projects, led by universities, private companies, and national … waste requiring permanent disposal, and provide safe domestic advanced reactor fuel stocks. Nuclear energy generates nearly a fifth of America’s electricity and accounts for half of all domestic clean energy generation. While used nuclear fuel, sometimes referred to as spent nuclear fuel, is created during the process of …
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $38 million for a dozen projects that will work to reduce the impacts of light-water reactor used nuclear fuel (UNF) disposal. The projects, led by universities, private companies, and national laboratories, were selected to develop technologies to advance UNF recycling, reduce the volume of high-level waste requiring permanent disposal, and provide safe domestic advanced reactor fuel stocks.
Eleven Projects Will Lower Waste Burden; Sustain Future Deployment of Carbon-Free Nuclear Power
… today announced $36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase the deployment, and use of, nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy and limit the amount of waste produced from Advanced Nuclear Reactors (AR). Nuclear power is one of the most reliable sources of energy in America, and the largest domestic …
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase the deployment, and use of, nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy and limit the amount of waste produced from Advanced Nuclear Reactors (AR). Nuclear power is one of the most reliable sources of energy in America, and the largest domestic source of clean energy—providing approximately 50% of the nation’s carbon-free electricity, and about a fifth of U.S. electricity overall.
ARPA-E Program Will Fund Projects Aiming for Tenfold Reduction in Spent Nuclear Fuel, Minimizing Need for Disposal Sites
… Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors, protecting the land and air and increasing the deployment and use of nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy. “More than half of our zero carbon energy is generated from nuclear power, and through this groundbreaking research we can expand nuclear's potential,” said …
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $40 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors, protecting the land and air and increasing the deployment and use of nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy.
… Follow-up to ARPA-E’s OPEN 2018 Program Seeks to Improve Nuclear Technologies through Advanced Materials Design WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. … recent OPEN 2018 funding opportunity, this first cohort will focus on ways to enable advanced nuclear energy by overcoming challenges in high performance materials science. Traditionally, … of nine OPEN+ cohorts throughout late 2018 and early 2019. The complete list of OPEN+ advanced nuclear projects can be found below and here. Selected examples of the new projects are below: …
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $12 million in funding for 5 projects as part of its first-ever OPEN+ program. Inspired by the high quality of applications in the agency’s recent OPEN 2018 funding opportunity, this first cohort will focus on ways to enable advanced nuclear energy by overcoming challenges in high performance materials science.
HolosGen is developing a transportable gas-cooled nuclear reactor with load following ability. The reactor concept is essentially a closed-loop jet engine (Brayton cycle) with the typical combustor replaced by a nuclear heat source. The nuclear heat source is comprised of multiple subcritical power modules (SPMs) that only produce power when they are positioned in close proximity, allowing sufficient neutron transfer to reach criticality (steady-state). The modules will be positioned using an exoskeletal structure with fast-actuation technologies currently employed by the aviation industry.
… 2773305 … Nuclear power provides about one-fifth of U.S. electricity generation, delivering reliable, low-emission, baseload power to the grid. However, the future of nuclear power is unclear; high costs and a rapidly changing grid—including growing renewable resources like wind and solar—present new challenges for existing and new nuclear plants. The next generation of nuclear plants require new technological advances to …
ARPA-E provides up to $24 million for technologies to enable lower cost, safer advanced nuclear plant designs
… Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program: Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER). MEITNER teams will identify and develop innovative technologies that enable designs for lower cost, safer, advanced nuclear reactors. “Nuclear energy is an essential component of the U.S. energy mix, and by teaming up with the …
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $24 million in funding for 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program: Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER). MEITNER teams will identify and develop innovative technologies that enable designs for lower cost, safer, advanced nuclear reactors.