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August 6, 2015
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Project Review Webinar 2014

The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) program, in coordination with the Office of Nuclear Reactor Technologies and the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, conducted an Instrumentations and Controls (I&C) project review webinar on September 16-18, 2014.  The purpose of this webinar was to review the status of the I&C projects across the Office of Nuclear Energy and promote greater coordination among the various NE R&D programs.

The meeting presentations are available here:

August 5, 2015
Memorandum of Understanding between DOE and NASA concerning RPS for space missions

The purpose of this agreement is to delineate the authorities and responsibilities of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (the parties) in the research, technology development, design, production, delivery, space vehicle integration, and launch phases with respect to certain radioisotope power systems, including Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) and Radioisotope Heater Units (RHUs), and to establish an agreement pursuant to which DOE and NASA will perform certain functions and provide funds for certain portions of the unde

August 1, 2015
Start-up Plan for Plutonium-238 Production for Radioisotope Power System (Report to Congress - June 2010)

The Administration has requested the restart of plutonium‐238 (Pu‐238) production in fiscal year (FY) 2011. The following joint start‐up plan, consistent with the President's request, has been developed collaboratively between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and defines the roles and contributions of major users of Pu‐238 in response to Congressional request.

July 22, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - July 2015

News updates on Fermi 3, Watts Bar 2, and Calvert Cliffs 3

June 22, 2015
Development of Light Water Reactor Fuels with Enhanced Accident Tolerance – Report to Congress

This report provides DOE’s plan to develop light water reactor (LWR) fuels with enhanced accident tolerance in response to 2012 Congressional direction and funding authorization. The result of the accident tolerant fuel development activities, if successful, will be a commercial product that is utilized in existing and future nuclear power plants.

June 22, 2015

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May 22, 2015
Evaluation for the Frequency of Gas Sampling for the High Burnup Confirmation Data Project

The report provides a technically based gas sampling frequency strategy for the High-Burnup (HBU) Confirmatory Data Project.  The evaluation of 1) the types and magnitudes of gases that could be present in the project cask, and 2) the degradation mechanisms that could change gas composition culminates in an adaptive gas sampling frequency strategy.  The adaptive strategy is compared against the sampling frequency that has been developed based on operational considerations.  Comparison evaluation of the Technically based and Operationally based sampling frequency strategies indicates there

May 19, 2015
International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative: 2013 Annual Report

Nuclear energy represents the single largest carbon-free baseload source of energy in the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated and over 60 percent of our low-carbon production. Worldwide, nuclear power generates 14 percent of global electricity. Continually increasing demand for clean energy both domestically and across the globe, combined with research designed to make nuclear power ever-safer and more cost-effective, will keep nuclear in the energy mix for the foreseeable future.

May 15, 2015
Summary of Investigations on Technical Feasibility of Direct Disposal of Dual-Purpose Canisters R1

This study has evaluated the technical feasibility of direct disposal in a geologic repository, of commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in dual-purpose canisters (DPCs) of existing designs.  The investigation considered waste isolation safety, engineering feasibility, thermal management, and postclosure criticality control.  The 3-year study concludes that direct disposal is technically feasible for most DPCs, depending on the repository host geology.  Thermal management and postclosure criticality control are two important aspects of disposability, and both of these could be relatively sim

May 1, 2015
2015 Secretarial Determination

On May 1, 2015, the Secretary of Energy determined that continued uranium transfers for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and for down-blending of highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium mining, conversion, or enrichment industry (“2015 Secretarial Determination”). This Determination covers continued transfers at the rates specified in the Determination.

April 30, 2015
Test Proposal Document for Phased Field Thermal Testing in Salt

The document summarizes how a new round of staged thermal field testing will help to augment the safety case for disposal of heat generating nuclear waste in salt. The objectives of the proposed test plan are to: (1) address features, events, and processes (FEPs), (2) build scientific and public confidence, (3) foster international collaboration, (4) evaluate disposal concepts, and (5) validate coupled process models.  The test proposal is designed to address long term performance assessment (PA) and shorter term operational uncertainties.

April 30, 2015
LWRS Program and EPRI Long-Term Operations Program - Joint R&D Plan

To address the challenges associated with pursuing commercial nuclear power plant operations beyond 60 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have established separate but complementary research and development programs: DOE-NE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program and EPRI’s Long-Term Operations (LTO) Program. INL/EXT-12-24562 Revision 4

April 30, 2015
Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program - Integrated Program Plan

The Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), performed in close collaboration and cooperation with related industry R&D programs. INL/EXT-11-23452 Revision 3

April 24, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - April 2015

Updates on V.C. Summer construction schedule, Watts Bar 2, South Texas Project

March 24, 2015
Report on Separate Disposal of Defense High-Level Radioactive Waste

This is a report on the separate disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and commercial nuclear waste.

March 24, 2015
FACT SHEET: The Path Forward on Nuclear Waste Disposal

This fact sheet provides the basic information about current plans for nuclear waste disposal.

March 4, 2015
NEAMS Quarterly Report For July-September 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

February 2, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - January 2015

Includes news updates on nuclear power deployment including: vermont yankee closure, possible vogtle construction delay.

January 30, 2015

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January 30, 2015
2014 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs - Report

2014 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs Report
January 2015

December 19, 2014
Advance Reactor Concepts Technical Review Panel Public Report

The Office of Nuclear Energy supports research and development for advanced reactor technologies. This report documents the results of the 2014 Technical Review Panel (TRP) review of seven advanced reactor concepts. The intent of the process was to identify R&D needs for advanced reactor concepts in order to inform Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy R&D investment decisions.

November 28, 2014
Advanced Nuclear Technology: Advanced Light Water Reactors Utility Requirements Document Small Modular Reactors Inclusion Summary

Advanced Nuclear Technology: Advanced Light Water Reactors Utility Requirements Document Small Modular Reactors Inclusion Summary
November 2014

November 25, 2014
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter will be released periodically to inform program stakeholders about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) R&D programs.

November 12, 2014
2014 Wall Street Perspective on SMRs

2014 Wall Street Perspective on SMRs
November 2014