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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Plant Modernization

The Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS)​ Program's Plant Modernization pathway conducts research and development to provide guidance to nuclear power stakeholders on the full-scale implementation of modernization in nuclear power plants, while significantly reducing the technical and financial risks associated to such modernization.

​​Objectives, Research Areas, and Outcomes


​Extend the life and improve the performan​​ce of the existing fleet through modernized technologiess and improved processes for plant operation and power generation.​​

Develop modernization solutions that improve reliability and economic performance while addressing the US nuclear industry's aging and obsolescence challenges.​​

​​Deliver a sustainable business model that enables the U.S. nuclear industry to remain cost competitive.​​

​Research Areas

Digital Infrastructure​

Data Architecture and Analytics​​

​Human and Technology Integration​

​Integrated Operation for Nuclear​


​A multi-layered, sustainable digital foundation to enable plant modernization.

​Advanced monitoring, and data processing to replace labor-intensive plant support tasks.

​Tools and methodologies that maximize efficiency while ensuring safety and reliability are maintained.

​Light water reactor fleet electric market competitiveness​.


​For more information, contact:​​

Craig A. Primer
Plant Modernization, Pathway Lead
Idaho National Laboratory

​​​​Plant Modernization

Plant Modernization​