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October 30, 2020
Exterior shot of a test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory
5 Surprising Facts About America’s Only Transient Test Reactor
5 surprising facts about Idaho National Laboratory's Transient Reactor Test facility.
October 14, 2020
Xe-100 reactor and Natrium Reactor
It’s Time for the United States to Demonstrate Advanced Reactors
TerraPower and X-energy demo projects will set the tone for DOE's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.
September 15, 2020
Control dials connected to an electric grid
New Report Highlights Nuclear Flexibility in Clean Energy Systems
NICE Future initiative report examines nuclear flexibility and the potential role it can play in clean energy systems.
September 2, 2020
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.
August 20, 2020
Fission surface power system
5 Things You Need to Know about Fission Surface Power Systems
NASA and DOE are working to develop a fission surface power system that could ultimately lead to extended missions on the Moon and Mars.
August 4, 2020
Cascade of centrifuge machines
Department of Energy Preps to Fuel Advanced Reactors
Three-year project underway in Ohio to demonstrate production of HALEU fuel to support the development of new reactors.
July 27, 2020
Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Fueled by DOE National Labs
NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is first rover in more than 30 years to use plutonium created by DOE national labs.
July 6, 2020
What Netflix got wrong about nuclear
5 Things Netflix Got Wrong about Nuclear Power in its History 101 Series
What Netflix got wrong about nuclear power in its History 101 series.
June 29, 2020
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.
June 24, 2020
A reactor looking up at a Hydrogen pipeline.
Could Hydrogen Help Save Nuclear?
One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.
June 23, 2020
Control dials connected to a electricity grid
3 Ways Nuclear is More Flexible Than You Might Think
Nuclear is evolving into a more flexible energy source that can operate alongside renewable generators to create new hybrid energy systems.
May 28, 2020
small modular reactor
4 Key Benefits of Advanced Small Modular Reactors
Advanced small modular reactors could change the way we think about nuclear power. Here are 4 key benefits you need to know about them.
May 26, 2020
SNF transportation blog Thumnail
5 Common Myths About Transporting Spent Nuclear Fuel
A breakdown 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 small modular reactor
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 Hitachi aims 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.