The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) element of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program conducted its first Annual Project Review Meeting on May 21-22, 2013 in Germantown, Maryland. The purpose of this meeting was to review the status of the 10 ASI projects initiated in FY 2012. The meeting summary and project presentations are available here.
This work on the natural barrier system is conducted to reduce uncertainty in natural system performance and to fully exploit the credits that can be taken for the natural system barrier; several potential enhancements to describing barrier performance capabilities are presented.
The purpose of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Software Verification and Validation (V&V) Plan is to define what the NEAMS program expects in terms of V&V for the computational models that are developed under NEAMS.
Shale and clay-rich rock formations have been considered as potential host rocks for geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste throughout the world: modeling thermal, hydrological, mechanical, and chemical (THMC) of the near field of generic clay repository is discussed.
The Generic Deep Geologic Disposal Safety Case presents generic information that is of use in understanding potential deep geologic disposal options (e.g., salt, shale, granite, deep borehole) in the U.S. for used nuclear fuel (UNF) from reactors and high-level radioactive waste (HLW).
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.
The report summarizes available historic tests and the developed technical basis for disposal of heat-generating waste in salt, and the means by which a safety case for disposal of heat generating waste at a generic salt site can be initiated from the existing technical basis.
The 2013 Excess Uranium Inventory Management Plan describes a framework for the effective management of the Energy Department’s surplus uranium inventory in support of meeting its critical environmental cleanup and national security missions.
Results of testing employing surrogate instrumented rods (non-high-burnup, 17 x 17 PWR fuel assembly) to capture the response to the loadings experienced during normal conditions of transport indicate that strain- or stress-based failure of fuel rods seems unlikely; performance of high-burnup fuels continues to be assessed.
This report describes RD&D activities to support a safety case for disposal of heat generating radioactive waste (used nuclear fuel, high-level nuclear waste) in a generic bedded salt repository based on interactions from March, 2013 Workshop.
The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes highlights, fuel and reactor product line accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones, a technical spotlight on BISON fuel benchmarks, and a program spotlight on NE-KAMS.
This report evaluates existing capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to determine if a practical and cost effective method could be developed for handling and opening full-sized dry storage casks in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's plan for confirmatory dry storage project for high burnup fuel.
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.
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.
The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) supports the diverse civilian nuclear energy programs of the U.S. Government, leading Federal efforts to research and develop nuclear energy technologies, including generation, safety, waste storage and management, and security technologies, to help meet energy security, proliferation resistance, and climate goals.
Used nuclear fuel (UNF) must maintain its integrity during the storage period in such a way that it can withstand the physical forces of handling and transportation associated with restaging the fuel and transporting it to treatment or recycling facilities, or to a geologic repository.
Secretarial determination regarding the potential impacts of the transfer by DOE of up to 48 metric tons of low-enriched uranium to USEC Inc. in exchange for DOE receiving approximately 409 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride, the equivalent amount of natural uranium feed component, and the agreed-upon value resulting from the use of the approximately 299,000 separative work units of enrichment services, which will be retained by USEC, to fund a portion of DOE's cost share under the 2012 Cooperative Agreement between the DOE and USEC and the American Centrifuge Demonstration, LLC.
The Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Technical Support (LTS) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to facilitate the development of innovative SMR designs that have the potential to address the nation’s economic, environmental and energy security goals.