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

Mission: The primary mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the nation's energy, environmental, and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration as appropriate.

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12/28/2020
The Versatile Test Reactor

The public comment period is now open for feedback on the U.S. Department of Energy's draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement.

The draft EIS analyzes all potential impacts of the VTR alternatives and options for reactor fuel production on various environmental and community resources.

Read the full draft EIS here: https://bit.ly/2JneuL0

Microreactors are the smallest class of nuclear reactors that are:🏭 Factory-made📈 Self-adjusting🚚 TransportableLearn mor...
12/28/2020

Microreactors are the smallest class of nuclear reactors that are:
🏭 Factory-made
📈 Self-adjusting
🚚 Transportable

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

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sending a nuclear power system to the lunar surface by the late ...
12/27/2020

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sending a nuclear power system to the lunar surface by the late 2020s. The demonstration is the next BIG step in providing reliable power for missions on the Moon 🌑, Mars 🔴 and beyond...

👉 https://bit.ly/3l2qTlB

📷: NASA

SPECIAL DELIVERY: These accident tolerant fuels by GE were recently shipped to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for post-ir...
12/26/2020

SPECIAL DELIVERY: These accident tolerant fuels by GE were recently shipped to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for post-irradiation examination after spending ✌ years in a commercial reactor.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3qyw13S

12/25/2020
Cherenkov Radiation

Do they make Cherenkov blue holiday lights? International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) explains this incredible phenomenon 🎄⚛️

INFOGRAPHIC: Just how many holiday lights can a U.S. reactor power? Um…🎄 Check our math here: https://bit.ly/385f7Bp
12/24/2020

INFOGRAPHIC: Just how many holiday lights can a U.S. reactor power? Um…🎄

Check our math here: https://bit.ly/385f7Bp

12/24/2020

Question:

Which advanced reactor do you want from Santa 🎅?

1. Liquid Metal Fast Reactor
2. Molten Salt
3. High-Temperature Gas

ON THE MOVE: Westinghouse is developing this transportable microreactor that uses TRISO fuel developed by the U.S. Depar...
12/24/2020

ON THE MOVE: Westinghouse is developing this transportable microreactor that uses TRISO fuel developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and a specialized heat pipe design to flexibly operate on the grid or in remote locations. It’s one of 5 U.S. advanced reactor designs that we’re supporting to prepare it for demonstration within the next 14 years.

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

12/23/2020
Transient Reactor Test Facility

WATCH👀: This test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory produces sudden bursts of energy that are 🖐️ times more powerful than a nuclear power plant to test fuels under extreme conditions.

INFOGRAPHIC👀 : China has more than tripled the number of reactors it has built 🏗️ compared to the United States since 19...
12/22/2020

INFOGRAPHIC👀 : China has more than tripled the number of reactors it has built 🏗️ compared to the United States since 1997.

This needs to change: https://bit.ly/2Ze3FjC

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Energy releases its first comprehensive energy storage roadmap to meet U.S. energy demands ...
12/21/2020

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Energy releases its first comprehensive energy storage roadmap to meet U.S. energy demands by 2030 and includes the integration of nuclear in new hybrid energy systems to produce hydrogen.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3axMeAM

FEEDBACK NEEDED: The US Department of Energy has published its draft Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed Vers...
12/21/2020

FEEDBACK NEEDED: The US Department of Energy has published its draft Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed Versatile Test Reactor project. Public comment is now open for feedback.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3rdiSO1

LOOK 👀 These five U.S. advanced reactors could ALL be operational within the next 14 years, ushering in a new era for nu...
12/20/2020
5 Advanced Reactor Designs to Watch in 2030

LOOK 👀 These five U.S. advanced reactors could ALL be operational within the next 14 years, ushering in a new era for nuclear.

5 Advanced Reactor Designs to Watch in 2030

#OnThisDay in 1951, EBR-I became the first power plant to produce usable electricity through atomic fission. It powered ...
12/20/2020

#OnThisDay in 1951, EBR-I became the first power plant to produce usable electricity through atomic fission. It powered four 200-watt lightbulbs 💡 and eventually generated enough electricity to light the entire facility.

EBR-I was a liquid metal-cooled fast reactor designed to demonstrate that it could create more fuel than it consumed. Not only do liquid metal coolants like sodium – or the sodium-potassium alloy used in EBR-I – transfer heat better than today's light-water reactors, but they also have a more sustainable fuel cycle over a longer period of time.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/37tCXYi
📷 : Idaho National Laboratory

INFOGRAPHIC: Fission and fusion are ✌️ physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.Learn more: ...
12/18/2020

INFOGRAPHIC: Fission and fusion are ✌️ physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Q57yzy

INFOGRAPHIC: How much power is ☝️ gigawatt? Let’s just say it’s a lot of…
12/17/2020

INFOGRAPHIC: How much power is ☝️ gigawatt? Let’s just say it’s a lot of…

🔥HOT READ🔥 : These five U.S. advanced reactor designs could completely change the way we think about and operate nuclear...
12/17/2020
5 Advanced Reactor Designs to Watch in 2030

🔥HOT READ🔥 : These five U.S. advanced reactor designs could completely change the way we think about and operate nuclear reactors—and they could all be operational within the next 14 years.

5 Advanced Reactor Designs to Watch in 2030

LOOK 👀: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest more than $600 million over the next 7 years through our Advanced ...
12/16/2020

LOOK 👀: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest more than $600 million over the next 7 years through our Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program on these 🖐️ U.S. designs to help build a diverse portfolio of new reactors that offer significant improvements over today’s technology.

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

Westinghouse Electric Company Kairos Power Holtec International BWX Technologies, Inc. Southern Nuclear

This is our bread and butter! We're looking forward to expanding our work and expertise in nuclear energy to support the...
12/16/2020
NASA Supports America's National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and

This is our bread and butter! We're looking forward to expanding our work and expertise in nuclear energy to support the development of fission surface power and nuclear thermal propulsion systems for the United States. ⚛️🚀

President Donald Trump has issued a new Space Policy Directive that will help propel NASA and humanity’s next giant leap – creating a sustainable presence on the Moon and sending astronauts to Mars.

12/15/2020
NEA International Mentor Workshop

Dr. Rita Baranwal is participating in OECD Nuclear Energy Agency's International Mentorship Workshop this week to help encourage more young females to enter #STEM fields. Her recorded remarks and incredible advice are below.

"Continue to be curious, keep an open mind and allow yourself to make mistakes, but also learn from those mistakes and move on to the next opportunity." - Dr. Baranwal

Could microreactors be the key to charging a new fleet of electric semi-trucks out on the road? Argonne National Laborat...
12/15/2020
Could Argonne’s mini nuclear reactor solve the e-truck recharging dilemma? | Argonne National Laboratory

Could microreactors be the key to charging a new fleet of electric semi-trucks out on the road? Argonne National Laboratory explains. ⚛️ 🔋 🚚

Driving a newer electric car for the first time can instill the excitement of playing a favorite video game. Everything is sleek, fast and futuristic. That’s an image that every technology firm wants to convey, including the makers of semitrucks, many of which have unveiled plans to electrify thei...

✅Record-setting generation✅Highest capacity factor ✅Largest U.S. source of clean energy.Get up to speed on these fast fa...
12/13/2020

✅Record-setting generation
✅Highest capacity factor
✅Largest U.S. source of clean energy.

Get up to speed on these fast facts about nuclear energy.
👉 https://bit.ly/2lI2LYg

NUCLEAR 101: Everything you wanted to know about advanced reactors in ☝ simple infographic.
12/12/2020

NUCLEAR 101: Everything you wanted to know about advanced reactors in ☝ simple infographic.

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