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March 31, 2017
Tomodachi Women in STEM Visit to DOE
On March 29, the Office of Nuclear Energy teamed up with the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) a...
February 27, 2017
Mars 2020 carries a radioisotope power system.
A Step Forward in Reestablishing the Radioisotope Power Systems Supply Chain
The Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has reached an important milestone ...
December 19, 2016
Studying the Feasibility of Deep Boreholes

The Department of Energy announced the selection of four companies to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a deep borehole field test.

December 8, 2016
Two images side by side: One of a field of wind turbines at dusk, and the other of a nuclear power plant.
Changing the Game by Linking Nuclear and Renewable Energy Systems
Nuclear and renewable technologies are crucial parts of the United States’ energy system, providing clean, secure, abundant power.
August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department
We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."
July 13, 2016
The robot removes the sample from the clear transfer box, out of the two white sample containers, and transports it to the mock-up examination instrument. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Lab.
Students Designed A Robot to Handle Nuclear Fuel

Interns from Idaho State University completed a nine-month-long demonstration project for Idaho National Lab engineers.

May 12, 2016
DOE Workshop: Pathway to SMR Commercialization
The Office of Nuclear Energy requests domestic industry participation in a 2-day comprehensive workshop to elicit opinions on two key topics.
April 22, 2016
Happy Earth Day from the Office of Nuclear Energy
This Earth Day I want to reflect on some of the ways the Office of Nuclear Energy has been working to innovate nuclear technologies.
April 12, 2016
30th Anniversary of the Experimental Breeder Reactor‑II Heat Removal Tests
Thirty years ago this month, two events happened that had profound and lasting impacts on energy and environmental issues in the U.S. and around ...
March 29, 2016
Department of Energy Hosting First of Eight Consent-Based Siting Public Meetings
Today, in downtown Chicago, the Department of Energy is hosting the first of eight public meetings around the country on the Department’s ...
March 11, 2016
Fukushima: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan. It was one of the most powerful earthquakes on record.
February 9, 2016
The Office of Nuclear Energy's FY17 Budget Request
To hasten the development of innovative technologies, the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) FY17 budget request, announced today, focuses on ...
December 21, 2015
The Department of Energy is working toward long-term solutions for nuclear waste storage. | Photo by <a href="">James Marvin Phelps</a>.
Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste

Find out how we are working with communities, tribes and states to find long-term nuclear waste storage solutions.

July 15, 2015
This image of Pluto, taken by New Horizons after a 9 1/2-year journey, is our highest-resolution photo of the dwarf planet since its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. | Photo courtesy of NASA.
To Pluto and Beyond: Powering New Horizons’ 3-Billion-Mile Journey

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto after a 3-billion-mile journey powered by nuclear technology from the Energy...

June 9, 2015
The History of Nuclear Power in Space
The History of Nuclear Power in Space
Explore the history of nuclear power systems in U.S. space exploration -- from early satellites to the moon, Mars and beyond.
May 19, 2015
7th Workshop on Risk Informed Regulation and Safety Culture
The 7th Workshop on Risk Informed Regulation and Safety Culture was one of a series of workshops designed by the Office of Nuclear Energy in concer...
May 15, 2015
Generation IV International Forum 39th Policy Group Meeting
The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) will hold the third GIF Symposium, May 19-20, 2015.
March 24, 2015
Three trucks transport nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. | Energy Department photo.
Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

Today, Secretary Moniz announced that the Energy Department is moving forward with planning for a separate repository for high-level radioactive...

March 23, 2015
Generation IV International Forum Framework Agreement Extended to 2025
The agreement extension paves the way for continued collaboration among participating countries.
February 26, 2015
DOE/NE Sponsors a U.S. – Kazakhstan Civilian Nuclear Energy Workshop at Idaho National Laboratory
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed McGinnis opened a successful U.S.-Kazakhstan Civil Nuclear Energy workshop at Idaho National Laboratory.
January 14, 2015
United States-Republic of Korea (ROK) International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (INERI) Annual Steering Committee Meeting
On November 17-18, 2014, the Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE/NE) hosted the annual U.S.-ROK INERI Steering Committee meeting.
April 24, 2014
The Energy Innovation Laboratory at the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory was dedicated earlier this week. The new facility enables researchers to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in advanced clean energy and related environmental science. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory
NE & EERE Working Together: 5 Facts About the New Energy Innovation Lab at Idaho National Laboratory

Through the facility, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Nuclear Energy are working side-by...

December 31, 2013
Generation IV International Forum Updates Technology Roadmap and Builds Future Collaboration
The Generation IV International Forum held its 36th Policy Group meeting on November 21-22 in Brussels, Belgium.
December 12, 2013
The basics of small modular reactor technology explained. | Infographic by <a href="">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Advancing Small Modular Reactors: How We're Supporting Next-Gen Nuclear Energy Technology

Learn about the Energy Department's support for the next-generation nuclear energy technology -- small modular reactors.

November 14, 2013
First Office of Nuclear Energy - Tribal Leader Dialogue
On October 30, I hosted Tribal Leaders from all over the United States at the first Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Tribal Leader Dialogue.