U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy Advancing nuclear power to help meet our nation's clean energy needs and bolster the resilience of our electricity supply. Serving U.S. energy needs by developing critical technologies for the future and helping to train tomorrow’s workforce.

Nuclear power is a safe, carbon-free, reliable and secure energy source that is important to America's energy & environmental future.

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The front end of the nuclear fuel cycle includes multiple stages of processing uranium materials before it is capable of...
09/19/2021

The front end of the nuclear fuel cycle includes multiple stages of processing uranium materials before it is capable of producing electricity in a commercial reactor.

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The front end of the nuclear fuel cycle includes multiple stages of processing uranium materials before it is capable of producing electricity in a commercial reactor.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3at7C6l

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the first power plant to produce usable electricity through atomic fission, powered four...
09/18/2021

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the first power plant to produce usable electricity through atomic fission, powered four 200-watt lightbulbs and eventually generated enough electricity to light the entire facility.

More on the reactor that started it all: https://bit.ly/2XS5P5u

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the first power plant to produce usable electricity through atomic fission, powered four 200-watt lightbulbs and eventually generated enough electricity to light the entire facility.

More on the reactor that started it all: https://bit.ly/2XS5P5u

LEADING THE PACK: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 9 of the top 10 U.S. electricity generation p...
09/17/2021

LEADING THE PACK: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 9 of the top 10 U.S. electricity generation plants are nuclear power plants.

LEADING THE PACK: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 9 of the top 10 U.S. electricity generation plants are nuclear power plants.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: State legislation saved the Byron Generating Station from closing on Sept. 13th. The power plant suppo...
09/17/2021

DOWN TO THE WIRE: State legislation saved the Byron Generating Station from closing on Sept. 13th. The power plant supports hundreds of jobs and generates enough carbon free electricity to power more than 2 million homes in Illinois.

📷 : Exelon

DOWN TO THE WIRE: State legislation saved the Byron Generating Station from closing on Sept. 13th. The power plant supports hundreds of jobs and generates enough carbon free electricity to power more than 2 million homes in Illinois.

📷 : Exelon

CARRYING THE LOAD: These states get more than HALF of their total electricity generation from nuclear power.🎩 tip: Nucle...
09/16/2021

CARRYING THE LOAD: These states get more than HALF of their total electricity generation from nuclear power.

🎩 tip: Nuclear Energy Institute

CARRYING THE LOAD: These states get more than HALF of their total electricity generation from nuclear power.

🎩 tip: Nuclear Energy Institute

Gas-cooled reactors operate at very high temperatures to generate power with extreme efficiencies. They can also be used...
09/16/2021

Gas-cooled reactors operate at very high temperatures to generate power with extreme efficiencies. They can also be used to purify water and drive many energy-intensive manufacturing processes.

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Gas-cooled reactors operate at very high temperatures to generate power with extreme efficiencies. They can also be used to purify water and drive many energy-intensive manufacturing processes.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/37of430

FACT: Tennessee’s four reactors provide nearly 80% of the state’s carbon-free electricity.
09/15/2021

FACT: Tennessee’s four reactors provide nearly 80% of the state’s carbon-free electricity.

FACT: Tennessee’s four reactors provide nearly 80% of the state’s carbon-free electricity.

BREAKING: Governor Pritzker signs into law Illinois’ new clean energy bill, avoiding the pending shut downs of the Byron...
09/15/2021

BREAKING: Governor Pritzker signs into law Illinois’ new clean energy bill, avoiding the pending shut downs of the Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants.

More here: https://bit.ly/3AeeNwR

BREAKING: Governor Pritzker signs into law Illinois’ new clean energy bill, avoiding the pending shut downs of the Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants.

More here: https://bit.ly/3AeeNwR

A typical reactor produces around one gigawatt of electricity. Great Scott that’s a lot of power!Learn more: https://bit...
09/14/2021

A typical reactor produces around one gigawatt of electricity. Great Scott that’s a lot of power!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2PuIaU7

A typical reactor produces around one gigawatt of electricity. Great Scott that’s a lot of power!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2PuIaU7

Take a quick moment to check out these 5 fast facts on our nation’s largest source of carbon-free power—nuclear energy! ...
09/14/2021
5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Energy

Take a quick moment to check out these 5 fast facts on our nation’s largest source of carbon-free power—nuclear energy! ⚛️ 💪

Get up to speed on nuclear energy with these 5 fast facts.

TerraPower is building its next-gen reactor at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming, making the Western U.S. the new hub of ...
09/13/2021
Next-Gen Nuclear Plant and Jobs Are Coming to Wyoming

TerraPower is building its next-gen reactor at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming, making the Western U.S. the new hub of innovation for nuclear energy.

TerraPower's decision to build its advanced reactor in Wyoming expected to create jobs and clean energy opportunities for the state.

FACT: Nuclear generates more emissions-free electricity than all other clean energy sources combined and saves consumers...
09/13/2021

FACT: Nuclear generates more emissions-free electricity than all other clean energy sources combined and saves consumers an average of 6% on their electricity bills.

FACT: Nuclear generates more emissions-free electricity than all other clean energy sources combined and saves consumers an average of 6% on their electricity bills.

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 ways nuclear is a lot more flexible 🤸‍♂️  than you might think.Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dvjbe
09/12/2021

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 ways nuclear is a lot more flexible 🤸‍♂️ than you might think.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dvjbe

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 ways nuclear is a lot more flexible 🤸‍♂️ than you might think.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dvjbe

20 YEARS: Today and every day, let us remember the 9/11 victims, the first responders who rushed to their aid and the br...
09/11/2021

20 YEARS: Today and every day, let us remember the 9/11 victims, the first responders who rushed to their aid and the brave men and women who continue to protect this great nation.
#NeverForget

20 YEARS: Today and every day, let us remember the 9/11 victims, the first responders who rushed to their aid and the brave men and women who continue to protect this great nation.
#NeverForget

LAST TWO STANDING: Diablo Canyon is California’s ONLY nuclear power plant in operation and has one of the state's larges...
09/10/2021

LAST TWO STANDING: Diablo Canyon is California’s ONLY nuclear power plant in operation and has one of the state's largest desalination facilities. The two reactors provide enough carbon-free power to more than three million homes and are currently scheduled to shut down in 2024 & 2025.

📷: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

LAST TWO STANDING: Diablo Canyon is California’s ONLY nuclear power plant in operation and has one of the state's largest desalination facilities. The two reactors provide enough carbon-free power to more than three million homes and are currently scheduled to shut down in 2024 & 2025.

📷: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

09/09/2021
Chicago Pile 1: A Brick History

Ever wonder how the world’s first sustained nuclear chain reaction happened 🤔 ? Well, it went a little something like this...

📹 : Argonne National Laboratory

TRISO particles:➡️ Can’t melt in a reactor ➡️ Retain all fission products ☢️ ➡️ Can withstand extreme temps🌡️
09/09/2021
TRISO Particles: The Most Robust Nuclear Fuel on Earth

TRISO particles:
➡️ Can’t melt in a reactor
➡️ Retain all fission products ☢️
➡️ Can withstand extreme temps🌡️

TRISO particles cannot melt in a reactor and can withstand extreme temperatures that are well beyond the threshold of current nuclear fuels.

TOP 3 🥇🥈🥉: These states lead the charge when it comes to avoiding carbon emissions with nuclear energy.🎩 tip : @NEI
09/08/2021

TOP 3 🥇🥈🥉: These states lead the charge when it comes to avoiding carbon emissions with nuclear energy.

🎩 tip : @NEI

TOP 3 🥇🥈🥉: These states lead the charge when it comes to avoiding carbon emissions with nuclear energy.

🎩 tip : @NEI

These three technologies being developed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy and National Reactor In...
09/08/2021
3 Ways to Make Nuclear Power Plants Faster and More Affordable to Build

These three technologies being developed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy and National Reactor Innovation Center could reduce the construction costs of building new reactors by more than 10% and significantly lower the scheduling risks associated them.

Advanced construction technologies that could reduce the construction costs of building new reactors by more than 10% and significantly lower the scheduling risks associated with them.

URANIUM: High energy density, MASSIVE energy.
09/07/2021

URANIUM: High energy density, MASSIVE energy.

URANIUM: High energy density, MASSIVE energy.

SMR designs allow for more flexibility in size, location and applications of nuclear power.
09/07/2021
4 Key Benefits of Advanced Small Modular Reactors

SMR designs allow for more flexibility in size, location and applications of nuclear power.

Advanced small modular reactors could change the way we think about nuclear power. Here are 4 key benefits you need to know about them.

Nuclear energy:Protects air quality 🌅  Has a small footprint 👣 Produces minimal waste ☢️
09/06/2021
3 Reasons Why Nuclear is Clean and Sustainable

Nuclear energy:
Protects air quality 🌅
Has a small footprint 👣
Produces minimal waste ☢️

Most people immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines as clean energy, but how many of you thought of nuclear energy?

The U.S. nuclear energy workforce is one of the most racially diverse of all generation sources and has an 11% union rat...
09/06/2021

The U.S. nuclear energy workforce is one of the most racially diverse of all generation sources and has an 11% union rate—nearly double the national average.
#LaborDay

The U.S. nuclear energy workforce is one of the most racially diverse of all generation sources and has an 11% union rate—nearly double the national average.
#LaborDay

Nuclear is the second largest source of power in the United States and produces more than HALF of its clean energy.
09/05/2021

Nuclear is the second largest source of power in the United States and produces more than HALF of its clean energy.

Nuclear is the second largest source of power in the United States and produces more than HALF of its clean energy.

Advanced reactor development will… ▶️ Expand access to clean energy ▶️ Create U.S. jobs▶️ Offer significant improvements...
09/05/2021

Advanced reactor development will…
▶️ Expand access to clean energy
▶️ Create U.S. jobs
▶️ Offer significant improvements over today’s technology.

Learn more: ‪https://bit.ly/3yHgvFz

Advanced reactor development will…
▶️ Expand access to clean energy
▶️ Create U.S. jobs
▶️ Offer significant improvements over today’s technology.

Learn more: ‪https://bit.ly/3yHgvFz

Nuclear is the second largest producer of electricity in the United States.
09/04/2021

Nuclear is the second largest producer of electricity in the United States.

Nuclear is the second largest producer of electricity in the United States.

Why is nuclear a great partner for hydrogen? A single 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor could cleanly produce more than 200...
09/04/2021
Could Hydrogen Help Save Nuclear?

Why is nuclear a great partner for hydrogen? A single 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor could cleanly produce more than 200,000 tonnes of hydrogen each year.

One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.

POWERING CONNECTICUT: The Millstone Power Station provides more than 90% of the state’s carbon-free electricity and prov...
09/03/2021

POWERING CONNECTICUT: The Millstone Power Station provides more than 90% of the state’s carbon-free electricity and provides enough round-the-clock, low-cost electricity for 2 million homes.

📷 : Dominion Energy

POWERING CONNECTICUT: The Millstone Power Station provides more than 90% of the state’s carbon-free electricity and provides enough round-the-clock, low-cost electricity for 2 million homes.

📷 : Dominion Energy

09/02/2021
Chicago Pile 1: A Brick History

Ever wonder how the world’s first sustained nuclear chain reaction happened? 🤷‍♂️ Well, it went a little something like this...

TRISO particles:▶️ Can’t melt in a reactor▶️ Retain all fission products▶️ Can withstand extreme temps 🌡️
09/02/2021
TRISO Particles: The Most Robust Nuclear Fuel on Earth

TRISO particles:
▶️ Can’t melt in a reactor
▶️ Retain all fission products
▶️ Can withstand extreme temps 🌡️

TRISO particles cannot melt in a reactor and can withstand extreme temperatures that are well beyond the threshold of current nuclear fuels.

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