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May 26, 2020
SNF transportation blog Thumnail
5 Common Myths About Transporting Spent Nuclear Fuel
A break down of common misconceptions about transporting Spent Nuclear Fuel.
May 19, 2020
A pressurized water reactor
NUCLEAR 101: How Does a Nuclear Reactor Work?
Learn how boiling and pressurized light-water reactors work.
May 11, 2020
Uranium yellow cake drum
Building a Uranium Reserve: The First Step in Preserving the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Cycle
New Uranium Reserve program would buy uranium directly from domestic mines and contract for uranium conversion services.
May 1, 2020
A photo of two cooling stacks in the distance with a river in the foreground
What is Generation Capacity?
Capacity is the amount of electricity a generator can produce when it's running at full blast. Learn more about this confusing energy term.
April 30, 2020
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?
April 23, 2020
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5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Energy
Get up to speed on nuclear energy with these 5 fast facts.
April 22, 2020
Aerial view of the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Mississippi
Nuclear Power is the Most Reliable Energy Source and It's Not Even Close
Nuclear energy has the highest capacity factor of any energy source, and it's not even close.
April 16, 2020
Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant
What's the Lifespan for a Nuclear Reactor? Much Longer Than You Might Think
Nearly 10 years of research is giving U.S. nuclear companies the data and confidence they need to operate up to 80 years.
April 15, 2020
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.
April 7, 2020
HALEU- High-assay low-enriched uranium
What is High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU)?
HALEU is enriched between 5% and 20% in U-235 and is required for most U.S. advanced reactors to achieve smaller designs.
March 30, 2020
Graphic of a nuclear power reactor with nuclear waste in concrete casks.
5 Fast Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel
Get up to speed with these five fast facts about spent nuclear fuel.
February 19, 2020
BWRX-300 smr concept design
First U.S. Small Modular Boiling Water Reactor Under Development
BWRX-300 SMR design by GE Hitcahi amis to reduce plant size by 90% compared to large-scale boiling water reactors.
February 4, 2020
Cooling tower at sunset
Advantages and Challenges of Nuclear Energy
An overview of the main advantages of nuclear energy and the challenges currently facing the industry today.
January 28, 2020
Test rod holders containing both ARMOR and IronClad rodlets.
These Accident Tolerant Fuels Could Boost the Performance of Today’s Reactors
Three of the largest U.S. nuclear suppliers are working with the Energy Department to develop new accident tolerant fuels for the nation's reactors.
January 21, 2020
Nuclear thermal propulsion and how it works.
6 Things You Should Know About Nuclear Thermal Propulsion
Six things everyone should know about nuclear-powered rocket engines.
December 23, 2019
Photo of the U.S. Capitol Building.
ANALYSIS: FY2020 Spending Bill Points to Nuclear Resurgence
President Donald Trump signs off on the FY2020 spending bill, which includes nearly $1.5 billion for nuclear energy research.
November 14, 2019
Graphic of American flag with three icons on it
3 Key Intangibles of the U.S. Nuclear Industry
Three intangibles of the U.S. nuclear industry countries won't find anywhere else.
October 22, 2019
RTG thumbnail image blog
What is a Radioisotope Power System?
Nuclear has powered space exploration for decades. Learn radioisotope power systems' role in the most successful space missions in U.S. history.
October 16, 2019
Computer simulation of nuclear component
New DOE and NRC Agreement Will Lead to Faster Deployment and Licensing of U.S. Nuclear Technologies
Dr. Rita Baranwal explains why a recent agreement between DOE and the NRC will lead to faster deployment of U.S. nuclear technologies.
October 16, 2019
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5 Problems You Didn’t Know Nuclear Could Solve
Nuclear is tackling a multitude of issues impacting the world. Here are 5 problems you didn't know nuclear could solve.
September 17, 2019
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Nuclear Power Pack: 3 Can’t Miss STEM Resources on Nuclear Energy
From interactive games to excellent lessons plans, here are 3 engaging STEM resources that will power up inquisitive minds with nuclear energy facts.
September 9, 2019
Photo of a fuel assembly  at a fabrication facility.
Commercial Testing Underway on Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels
Commercial testing is underway on a pair of advanced nuclear fuels developed by Westinghouse.
August 28, 2019
A collection of photos highlighting different advanced nuclear successes by DOE.
11 Reasons Why DOE is All in on New Nuclear
11 accomplishments by DOE supporting the development of advanced reactors in the United States.
August 6, 2019
Closeup photo of a penny next to MiniFuel targets that look like tiny beads, to show scale.
Small but Mighty: National Labs Introduce Accelerated MiniFuel Testing
Researchers have created new MiniFuel targets that could potentially save time and money when developing nuclear fuels.
July 16, 2019
Dr. Rita Baranwal Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy
Q&A: Assistant Secretary Rita Baranwal Lays Out Her Vision for the Future of Nuclear Energy
New Assistant Secretary Dr. Rita Baranwal discusses her vision and plans for the future of nuclear energy.