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.

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More than 90% of former scholarship and fellowship recipients have gone on to careers at the U.S. Department of Energy, ...
04/09/2021

More than 90% of former scholarship and fellowship recipients have gone on to careers at the U.S. Department of Energy, our national labs or other industry organizations.

Just announced: a big investment in the future. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy awards $5 million in fellowships and scholarships to students furthering their education in nuclear energy-related fields. Catch the breaking news here: https://bit.ly/3t4Vwuv

#STEMRising

FACT: U.S. nuclear power plants operate at FULL power 💪 more than 90% of the time to bring you clean and reliable power ...
04/09/2021

FACT: U.S. nuclear power plants operate at FULL power 💪 more than 90% of the time to bring you clean and reliable power when you need it most.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Xr97i6

10 things you didn't know that you didn't know about the world's first self-sustaining chain reaction. 🤔 : https://bit.l...
04/08/2021

10 things you didn't know that you didn't know about the world's first self-sustaining chain reaction.

🤔 : https://bit.ly/3o2hX0q

The Vogtle expansion project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the U.S. and is putting highly skilled uni...
04/08/2021

The Vogtle expansion project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the U.S. and is putting highly skilled union workers to work. Once completed, it will be the nation's largest single source of clean power.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3wM0635
📷 : Georgia Power

LEADING THE PACK: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 9 of the top 10 U.S. electricity generation p...
04/08/2021

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.

SAY IT AIN’T SO: Dresden Units 2 and 3 in Illinois produce enough emissions-free electricity to power 2 million homes an...
04/07/2021

SAY IT AIN’T SO: Dresden Units 2 and 3 in Illinois produce enough emissions-free electricity to power 2 million homes and support hundreds of jobs for highly skilled union workers. The units are two of four reactors expected to shut down in the state later this fall.

Avoiding early shutdowns means: ▶️ Saving jobs ▶️Securing our grid ▶️Protecting our environment. H/T: Nuclear Energy Ins...
04/06/2021

Avoiding early shutdowns means:
▶️ Saving jobs
▶️Securing our grid
▶️Protecting our environment.

H/T: Nuclear Energy Institute

COMING SOON: The world’s only supplier of TRIGA fuel will soon be back in operation thanks to a major renovation project...
04/06/2021
World’s Only TRIGA Fuel Fabrication Facility Completes Major Upgrades

COMING SOON: The world’s only supplier of TRIGA fuel will soon be back in operation thanks to a major renovation project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Upgrades to the facility will keep 12 research reactors at U.S. universities online to help train the future nuclear workforce.

Fusion furnace TRIGA International TRIGA International recently completed a major renovation project at its fuel fabrication facility in Romans, France. The upgrades ensure the continued operation of 36 TRIGA reactors around the world, including 18 in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy...

NUCLEAR WORKS: The nuclear industry supports nearly half a million jobs in the United States and contributes an estimate...
04/05/2021

NUCLEAR WORKS: The nuclear industry supports nearly half a million jobs in the United States and contributes an estimated $60 billion to our gross domestic product each year.

Get to know nuclear : https://bit.ly/2utXdIz

04/04/2021
The Versatile Test Reactor

WATCH👀 : The U.S. Department of Energy is building the nation's first fast test reactor in more than 2 decades to accelerate the development of new technologies that can help combat climate change.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2vz1Hhf

In case you were wondering... Happy #Easter y’all!
04/04/2021

In case you were wondering... Happy #Easter y’all!

NUCLEAR 101: The sodium-cooled fast reactor uses liquid metal (sodium) as a coolant instead of water that is typically u...
04/04/2021

NUCLEAR 101: The sodium-cooled fast reactor uses liquid metal (sodium) as a coolant instead of water that is typically used in U.S. commercial power plants. This allows the coolant to operate at higher temperatures and lower pressures than current reactors—improving the efficiency of the system.

SFRs use fast-moving ‍neutrons that could allow them to operate on both fissile material and used fuel from current reactors to produce electricity.

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

04/03/2021
The Advanced Test Reactor

WATCH 👀: The Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory is one of the largest research reactors in the world 🌎 and has been testing nuclear fuels and materials since 1967—the same year the Big Mac 🍔 debuted.

Talk about a sugar rush...
04/02/2021

Talk about a sugar rush...

Not a bad view...
04/02/2021

Not a bad view...

The Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) facility began operating in 1967.

The worker shown completes instrument assembly during the reactor's design verification phase, as part of the Advanced Test Reactor Critical Experiment.

Today, we continue to lead nuclear energy innovation: https://fal.cn/3erkd

#ThrowbackThursday #throwback #nuclear

ONE OF A KIND: Southern Nuclear is looking to build and operate a small reactor experiment based on TerraPower’s molten ...
04/02/2021

ONE OF A KIND: Southern Nuclear is looking to build and operate a small reactor experiment based on TerraPower’s molten chloride fast reactor (MCFR) technology. The MCFR can be scaled up for commercial use on the grid and could flexibly operate on multiple fuels, including used nuclear fuel from other reactors.

The molten chloride reactor experiment will inform the design, license and eventual operation of the world’s first fast-spectrum salt reactor and is one of 7 designs the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting through its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.

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

FACT: Just 94 reactors across 28 states generate around 20% of the annual electricity produced in the United States—all ...
04/01/2021

FACT: Just 94 reactors across 28 states generate around 20% of the annual electricity produced in the United States—all of it emissions-free!

04/01/2021
Transient Fuel Test

WATCH👀: Take a look at this nuclear fuel melting down thanks to transient pulses at Idaho National Laboratory's TREAT facility. These controlled experiments allow scientists to examine fuel performance under simulated conditions.

Learn more surprising facts about TREAT here: https://go.usa.gov/xPxwr

A new nuclear fuel that can't melt in a reactor? It's not fiction, it's science!▶️ https://bit.ly/3njoEer
03/31/2021

A new nuclear fuel that can't melt in a reactor? It's not fiction, it's science!

▶️ https://bit.ly/3njoEer

LOSING CAPACITY: Indian Point Unit 3, located just outside New York City, will shut down April 30. The unit is one of fi...
03/31/2021

LOSING CAPACITY: Indian Point Unit 3, located just outside New York City, will shut down April 30. The unit is one of five reactors either scheduled or proposed to shut down in 2021, which would be the highest annual capacity retirement loss in nuclear's history.

Read more: https://bit.ly/38D0vL5

INFOGRAPHIC: The U.S. Department of Energy helps test and develop radioisotope power systems in support of NASA - Nation...
03/31/2021

INFOGRAPHIC: The U.S. Department of Energy helps test and develop radioisotope power systems in support of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration space missions. Here’s how they work.

FACT: For the first time ever, nuclear out-paced coal for annual electricity generation in the United States. It also ma...
03/29/2021

FACT: For the first time ever, nuclear out-paced coal for annual electricity generation in the United States. It also made up more than half of the nation’s clean energy.

NUCLEAR 101: Molten salt reactors use molten fluoride or chloride salts as a coolant. The coolant can flow over solid fu...
03/29/2021

NUCLEAR 101: Molten salt reactors use molten fluoride or chloride salts as a coolant. The coolant can flow over solid fuel like other reactors or fissile materials can be dissolved directly into the primary coolant.

These reactors are designed to use less fuel and produce shorter-lived radioactive waste than other reactor types. Online refueling offers high availability. The reactor can also use spent fuel from other reactors to greatly reduce the amount of waste disposal.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2S4drlj

Nuclear energy:💪 Protects air quality👣 Has a small footprint☢️ Produces minimal waste Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Nhi9bn...
03/28/2021

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

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Nhi9bn
📷 : Duke Energy

#OnThisDay Unit 2 at Three Mile Island partially melted down in Harrisburg, PA in 1979. No injuries, deaths or direct he...
03/28/2021

#OnThisDay Unit 2 at Three Mile Island partially melted down in Harrisburg, PA in 1979. No injuries, deaths or direct health effects were caused by the accident, which led to new regulations and improved operator training.

Unit 1 continued to operate at TMI over the next 40 years and shut down in the fall of 2019.

Learn more about what happened at TMI with this video from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUct_69kNpQ&list=PL27FC68CD5516246D&index=8

📷: NRC

NUCLEAR 101: Get the basics on how nuclear reactors work to generate more than HALF of our nation’s clean energy.Learn m...
03/27/2021

NUCLEAR 101: Get the basics on how nuclear reactors work to generate more than HALF of our nation’s clean energy.

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

INFOGRAPHIC: Fission and fusion are ✌️ physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.Learn more: ...
03/27/2021

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

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

OFF THE GRID: BWX Technologies, Inc. is developing a transportable microreactor that can thrive in off-grid applications...
03/26/2021

OFF THE GRID: BWX Technologies, Inc. is developing a transportable microreactor that can thrive in off-grid applications and remote areas to produce 50 megawatts of thermal energy for deployment in the early 2030s.

The high-temperature gas reactor uses a different form of the U.S. Department of Energy's TRISO fuel that contains a uranium nitride fuel kernel for higher performance. The team will work with Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to test and qualify the fuel.

They will also focus on optimizing new manufacturing technologies that could help cut the cost of microreactors in half and develop capabilities that could benefit other advanced reactor designs in the process.
📷 : BWXT

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Jet engine before assembly with reactor.

The Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program was in response to the Cold War era belief that the Soviet Union had developed nuclear-powered bombers. The ANP program aimed to supply the U.S. Air Force with nuclear-powered bombers capable of remaining airborne for 10-14 days without needing to refuel. The program ended in 1961 when the need for such an aircraft ended.

#throwbackThursday #nuclear #history #TBT

MELTDOWN PROOF? Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping to develop an advanced reactor that its developer says can’t me...
03/25/2021

MELTDOWN PROOF? Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping to develop an advanced reactor that its developer says can’t meltdown.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2MxvLS3
📷 : X-energy

FACT: U.S. nuclear power plants operate at FULL power more than 90% of the time to bring you clean and reliable power wh...
03/24/2021

FACT: U.S. nuclear power plants operate at FULL power more than 90% of the time to bring you clean and reliable power when you need it most.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Xr97i6

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Nuclear energy is a carbon-free energy source that brings resilience and reliability to our nation’s electric grid.

Our role is to work with industry and other stakeholders to extend the life cycles of our current fleet of reactors and to develop new technologies that will help meet future environmental and energy goals.

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