Office of Nuclear Energy


This Smartphone Microscope is Changing the Way U.S. Tribal Students View Nuclear Energy
November 23, 2020
STEM activity engages students in U.S. Tribes through a smartphone microscope.
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5 Surprising Facts About America’s Only Transient Test Reactor
October 30, 2020
5 surprising facts about Idaho National Laboratory's Transient Reactor Test facility.
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It’s Time for the United States to Demonstrate Advanced Reactors
October 14, 2020
TerraPower and X-energy demo projects will set the tone for DOE's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.
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New Report Highlights Nuclear Flexibility in Clean Energy Systems
September 15, 2020
NICE Future initiative report examines nuclear flexibility and the potential role it can play in clean energy systems.
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Nuclear Milestones

National Lab Designs System to Produce Solid Metal Hydride Moderator
November 10, 2020
National lab develops a system to fabricate solid yttrium hydride to be used as a moderator in compact, high-temperature reactors.
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New Material Traps Radioactive Gases for Commercial Reuse
October 1, 2020
National lab develops a radiation-resistant material that efficiently captures radioactive gases.
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Versatile Test Reactor Project Reaches Critical Decision Milestone
September 25, 2020
Versatile Test Reactor project moves to next phase of DOE's Critical Decision process.
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NRC Approves First U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design
September 2, 2020
NRC staff approval puts NuScale Power SMR on track to receive full design certification by August 2021.
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Press Releases

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Plans for Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor
Published draft of Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor expected by mid-December 2020.
November 19, 2020
American Nuclear Society Honors Nuclear Energy Assistant Secretary with ANS Presidential Citation
Dr. Rita Baranwal receives Presidential Citation award by American Nuclear Society at the ANS Winter Meeting.
November 18, 2020
DOE Approves Award for Carbon Free Power Project
Statement by Dr. Rita Baranwal on DOE cost-share award for UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project.
October 16, 2020
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $160 Million in First Awards under Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program
TerraPower and X-energy awarded $160 million in initial funding to demonstrate reactors within 5 to 7 years.
October 13, 2020
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