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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
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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 19, 2019
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.
November 14, 2019
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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
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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 30, 2019
Graphic of a nuclear power reactor with nuclear waste in concrete casks.
5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Waste
Get up to speed with these five fast facts about nuclear waste.
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.
July 9, 2019
Photo of a TRISO fuel particle
TRISO Particles: The Most Robust Nuclear Fuel on Earth
TRISO particles cannot melt in a reactor and can withstand extreme temperatures that are well beyond the threshold of current nuclear fuels.
June 18, 2019
EBR-I four lightbulbs
9 Notable Facts About the World’s First Nuclear Power Plant - EBR-I
How Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I) pioneered nuclear development.
June 11, 2019
NuScale power plant mock up
Nation's First Small Modular Reactor Plant to Power Nuclear Research at Idaho National Laboratory
New JUMP program at Idaho National Laboratory to accelerate research for next-generation nuclear power plants.
May 28, 2019
Photo of workers inspecting a fuel assembly.
Breakthroughs: The Untold Story of Nuclear as a Clean Energy Enabler
NICE Future initiative releases a new book at the Clean Energy Ministerial focusing on near-term innovations in nuclear energy.
May 21, 2019
Photo of a man in a nuclear submarine during the Vietnam War
Call to Action: How the Military Draft Earned This Navy Vet a Long Career in Nuclear
Argonne National Laboratory researcher Roger Blomquist was drafted into the Vietnam War, setting up a long career in nuclear.
May 15, 2019
Illustration of a heat pipe-cooled micro-reactor.
The BIG Potential for Nuclear Microreactors
Microreactors 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
Photo of nuclear components that were additively manufactured
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.