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January 8, 2019
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania.
5 Nuclear storylines to watch for in 2019
5 nuclear storylines to keep an eye on in 2019.
January 3, 2019
picture of a nuclear power plant with power lines
Top 7 nuclear Facebook posts of 2018
Relive the best nuclear Facebook posts of 2018.
December 27, 2018
An image of the New Horizons spacecraft in outer space.
New Horizons spacecraft closes in on historic New Year’s Day flyby
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is expected to reach Ultima Thule by New Year's Day.
December 17, 2018
A furnace inside a hot cell at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Here's how to make nuclear fuel fail
The SATS facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps researchers understand why nuclear fuels fail under severe conditions.
December 13, 2018
A small modular reactor module design concept.
The story behind America's first potential small modular reactor
U.S. Department of Energy R&D is helping to advance a small modular reactor design that could impact America's energy future.
December 4, 2018
New accident tolerant fuel by Westinghouse successfully created at Idaho National Laboratory
Westinghouse is working with Idaho National Laboratory to develop new uranium silicide fuel pellets.
November 26, 2018
A nuclear steam stack looks up at a hydrogen pipeline.
Could hydrogen help save nuclear?
One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.
November 13, 2018
Financial incentives of small modular reactors and renewables compared side by side.
REPORT: How federal incentives used for renewables could benefit small modular reactors
U.S. Department of Energy report suggests a strong return on investment for small modular reactors using same incentives applied to renewables.
October 31, 2018
Dan Wachs stands in front of TREAT test reactor.
Q&A: Why this lab expert pushes nuclear fuels to the limit with transient testing
Idaho National Laboratory's Daniel Wachs explains why transient testing is crucial for nuclear fuel development in the United States.
October 23, 2018
A picture of a truck with a microreactor on the back.
What is a Nuclear Microreactor?
Microreactors are not defined by their fuel form or coolant. Instead, they have three main features...
October 12, 2018
The power of nuclear
5 incredible ways nuclear powers our lives
Nuclear is used in a variety of applications ranging from cancer treatments to fighting crimes. Explore 5 ways nuclear powers our lives.
September 28, 2018
idaho national laboratory test reactor
President Trump Signs Bill to Boost Advanced Nuclear in America
Law eliminates some of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of nuclear innovation.
September 25, 2018
McGuire Nuclear Station in North Carolina
3 reasons why nuclear is clean and sustainable
Most people immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines as clean energy, but how many of you thought of nuclear energy?
August 27, 2018
Exterior shot of a test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory
5 Surprising Facts About America’s Only Transient Test Reactor
The United States is gearing up for its first transient fuel test in more than two decades at Idaho National Laboratory.
August 22, 2018
The FitzPatrick nuclear station in New York located off of the water in Oswego County.
New York and the Nation Need Nuclear (Commentary)
The FitzPatrick nuclear station in Scriba, Oswego County, generates more than 800 megawatts of electricity for the region.
August 9, 2018
Artist rendition of the Integrated Effects Tests (IET) facility
Southern Company and TerraPower Prep for Testing on Molten Salt Reactor
Southern Company and TerraPower are developing a molten chloride fast reactor that uses liquid salts as both a coolant and fuel.
July 27, 2018
Reactor in Halden, Norway
DOE Leads Effort to Fill Testing Void Created by Norwegian Reactor Shutdown
The shutdown of a reactor in Halden, Norway has put nuclear fuels and materials testing in the United States and Europe in a scramble.
July 23, 2018
Xe-100 reactor and TRISO Fuel
X-energy is developing a pebble bed reactor that they say can't melt down
This pebble bed, high temperature gas-cooled reactor can't melt down, according to X-energy.
July 17, 2018
Accident Tolerant Fuels
5 Things You Should Know About Accident Tolerant Fuels
Accident tolerant fuels have the potential to improve performance and survive accident conditions a lot longer than today's nuclear fuel.
July 3, 2018
small modular reactors guardians of the grid
5 Key Resilient Features of Small Modular Reactors
These 5 features of small modular reactors bring resilience to the electric grid.
June 27, 2018
A picture that shows six boxes of different grain samples
Nickel-Based Alloy Being Studied for Molten Salt Reactors
Idaho National Laboratory is studying a nickel-based alloy for possible use in molten salt reactors.
June 20, 2018
A group family photo of a father and son with their wives.
Like Father Like Son
Len and Mark Peters are the only father and son to be DOE national lab directors.
June 15, 2018
Picture of hands holding a test fuel pin designed by Framatome.
New Accident Tolerant Fuel by Framatome Being Tested at Idaho National Laboratory
Framatome’s accident tolerant fuel was recently installed for testing at the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory.
June 11, 2018
Two researchers look at a computer screen.
This Instrument Can Simulate a Year's Worth of Reactor Damage in Days
The IVEM-Tandem facility at Argonne National Laboratory lets researchers look at material changes caused by ion irradiation as it happens.
June 5, 2018
Small modular reactor model at NuScale Power
3 Innovations Transforming the Nuclear Industry
Advanced reactors, additive manufacturing and advanced fuels are expected to transform the U.S. nuclear industry. Here's how.