Companies to receive access to DOE national laboratory capabilities


Sarah A. Neumann, 208-520-1651, 

Washington, D.C. – The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) awarded vouchers today to Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (Seattle, WA) and Framatome Inc. (Lynchburg, VA) to accelerate the development of their advanced nuclear technologies. Both voucher recipients will gain access to the nuclear research capabilities and expertise available at the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory complex at no cost to the businesses.

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help scale up and qualify the production of fuel made at its future manufacturing facility for its micro-modular reactor. Framatome will work with Argonne National Laboratory to develop and validate a model for multi-phase liquid flow that will help accelerate the delivery of advanced fuel designs for both light-water reactor and potential advanced reactor fuel markets.

GAIN Nuclear Energy voucher recipients do not receive direct financial awards, but are provided access to the national labs at no cost. All awardees are responsible for a minimum 20 percent cost share, which could be an in-kind contribution.

GAIN was established by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy and provides the nuclear community with the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued, safe, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.

Today’s vouchers are the first awarded for FY 2022.