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May 15, 2019
Illustration of a heat pipe-cooled micro-reactor.
The BIG potential for nuclear micro-reactors
Micro-reactors will likely be the first advanced reactors that we see enter the U.S. market and they could be game-changers for the industry.
May 7, 2019
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4 Major opportunities for additive manufacturing in nuclear energy
Additive manufacturing could completely change the way we design, build and certify nuclear systems.
April 18, 2019
A photo of man walking by the top of a containment structure for a nuclear reactor
5 Things you should know about Plant Vogtle
The successful completion of Vogtle Units 3 and 4 will set the tone for what could be a nuclear resurgence in the United States.
April 10, 2019
Mock up of a small modular reactor refueling
What should I do if a small modular reactor loses off-site power?
Small modular reactors are setting a new standard for safety in the nuclear industry.
April 3, 2019
Nuclear Reactor Cooling Towers at Sunset
5 Things to Know about the Nuclear Energy FY2020 Budget Request
FY2020 Budget request increases by 8% over previous year for nuclear energy.
March 19, 2019
A photo of three women who all work in the nuclear energy industry.
3 female engineers making an impact on the nuclear industry
From seasoned veterans to recent college grads, meet three women who are helping to empower the next generation nuclear workforce.
March 1, 2019
Graphic of a fast test PRISM reactor
DOE: There's a Definite Need for a Fast Test Reactor
Having a fast test reactor will drastically speed up the time it takes to test, develop and qualify advanced reactor technologies.
February 28, 2019
Headshot of a woman named Mareena Robinson Snowden
Millennial to Watch: Mareena Robinson Snowden
Mareena Robinson Snowden is the first black woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
February 26, 2019
Headshot photo of man named William D. Magwood, IV
5 Questions for Director-General William Magwood
Hear from the former DOE director of nuclear energy about his professional journey from Pittsburgh to Paris.
February 21, 2019
Headshot of a woman named Ciara Sivels
Millennial to Watch: Ciara Sivels
Ciara Sivels is the first black woman to earn a PhD from the University of Michigan in nuclear engineering.
February 12, 2019
Photo of a phone with three photos of advanced reactors
Swipe right for nuclear: 6 Eligible advanced technologies
6 eligible advanced nuclear technologies searching for some love in the future marketplace.
February 6, 2019
Diagram on how a pressurized light-water reactor works
NUCLEAR 101: How Does a Nuclear Reactor Work?
Learn how boiling and pressurized light-water reactors work.
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 photo of a truck with a microreactor unit on the back.
What is a Nuclear Micro-reactor?
Micro-reactors 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?