Office of Nuclear Energy


NUCLEAR 101: How Does a Nuclear Reactor Work?
May 19, 2020
Learn how boiling and pressurized light-water reactors work.
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Building a Uranium Reserve: The First Step in Preserving the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Cycle
May 11, 2020
New Uranium Reserve program would buy uranium directly from domestic mines and contract for uranium conversion services.
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What is Generation Capacity?
May 1, 2020
Capacity is the amount of electricity a generator can produce when it's running at full blast. Learn more about this confusing energy term.
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3 Reasons Why Nuclear is Clean and Sustainable
April 30, 2020
Most people immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines as clean energy, but how many of you thought of nuclear energy?
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5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Energy
April 23, 2020
Get up to speed on nuclear energy with these 5 fast facts.
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Nuclear Power is the Most Reliable Energy Source and It's Not Even Close
April 22, 2020
Nuclear energy has the highest capacity factor of any energy source, and it's not even close.
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What's the Lifespan for a Nuclear Reactor? Much Longer Than You Might Think
April 16, 2020
Nearly 10 years of research is giving U.S. nuclear companies the data and confidence they need to operate up to 80 years.
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X-energy is Developing a Pebble Bed Reactor That They Say Can't Melt Down
April 15, 2020
This pebble bed, high-temperature gas-cooled reactor can't melt down, according to X-energy.
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What is High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU)?
April 7, 2020
HALEU is enriched between 5% and 20% in U-235 and is required for most U.S. advanced reactors to achieve smaller designs.
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5 Fast Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel
March 30, 2020
Get up to speed with these five fast facts about spent nuclear fuel.
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Press Releases

U.S. Department of Energy Launches $230 Million Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program
New program designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the United States.
May 14, 2020
Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group Holds First Meeting Virtually
Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group holds first virtual meeting.
May 13, 2020
Assistant Secretary Dr. Rita Baranwal's Statement on the Indian Point Unit 2 Closure
Statement by Dr. Rita Baranwal on Indian Point Unit 2 closure.
April 30, 2020
DOE Awards $5.4 Million to Accelerate Advanced Nuclear Technology Development
Projects include supporting site preparation for a future domestic advanced reactor demonstration and an advanced reactor regulatory licensing grant.
April 28, 2020
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