When Norway’s Halden research reactor shut down in 2018, nuclear researchers around the world were forced to scramble. For 60 years, the Halden Reactor Project offered a 25-MWt boiling water reactor for research where scientists could expand their understanding of nuclear fuel reliability, reactor internals, plant procedures and monitoring, and human factors.
Dr. Boardmandives deep into INL's pursuit of innovative hybrid energy systems, offering a fresh perspective on the hydrogen economy's potential and challenges. From exploring INL's unique role in the national lab ecosystem to unpacking the reasons behind nuclear plants' hesitation towards integrating hydrogen strategies.
RAVEN, the computational platform specializing in stochastic analyses, has been recognized as one of the 100 winners of the 2023 R&D 100 Awards by R&D World magazine.
The LWRS Program and NextAxiom are partnering to define an open specification for a Virtual Resource Management Framework (VRMF). VRMF will enable the widescale adoption of AI within the nuclear industry. The VRMF design and its open specification will leverage the many AI/ML research initiatives within the LWRS Program, such as remote monitoring, anomaly detection, computer vision, and NLP applications together with NextAxiom’s expertise in innovative software design and development such as computer-guided work and silo-free applications.
Xcel expects to begin operations at a high-temperature electrolysis pilot project at Prairie Island by the second half of 2024. Xcel's pilot project is the only high-temperature project — under a $10 million cash award — among three other low-temperature electrolysis projects using nuclear energy being conducted by the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.
Nuclear power plants for decades relied on analogue systems and human operators, but increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence applications are helping streamline operations.
Humanity is now embarking on an epic and complex energy transformation across the grid, industry, and transportation. Renewables like wind and solar are contributing an increasing share of carbon-free electricity to the grid, but that contribution is variable and hard to predict—sometimes those sources produce more electricity than the grid needs, and sometimes less.
The GLCH project is built on the foundation of ongoing, preliminary work supported by the DOE and the Idaho National Laboratory. The proposed approach will supplement hydrogen from nuclear power, as needed, with clean hydrogen produced through solar energy projects under development in the region.
The U.S. Department of Energy has $8 billion to divide among the first six to 10 teams of industry, academic, and other research partners that come up with a plan to produce large volumes of clean hydrogen fuel and show how it can be used on a regional scale to help combat climate change.
To help the industry remain competitive, LWRS researchers at INL have developed Integrated Operations for Nuclear (ION), a methodology that uses technology innovation and common-sense business practices to lower maintenance and operation expenses of the US. nuclear plants.
Nuclear power plants can leverage the energy stored in some of the world’s heaviest elements to generate the lightest: hydrogen. That is not news, but it casts an aura of alchemy over straightforward engineering. Amid the hype, and the hope of significant federal funding, it’s worth acknowledging that hydrogen has an industrial history over 100 years old. In the potential matchup of hydrogen and nuclear power, it’s nuclear that would be the newcomer.
The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday highlighted plans to fund projects at four nuclear plants to demonstrate the clean production of hydrogen. DOE estimates that a single 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor could produce up to 150,000 tons of hydrogen each year.
DOE agreed to develop a hydrogen production demonstration project at Davis-Besse in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
The Department of Energy is offering cost-shared funding that could lead to the demonstration of an “energy park" drawing 20–300 MW of thermal energy from a U.S. nuclear power plant under a funding opportunity amendment issued in August by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) program, in coordination with the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office.
In the nuclear power industry, every issue, no matter how small, is documented in a condition report. In each plant, hundreds of these are reviewed and characterized every week by dozens of people. MIRACLE employs machine learning and natural language processing to automate this process, saving millions while improving safety.
Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) announced the initial results of its ongoing demonstration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s premier center for nuclear energy research and development.
loom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) today announced the initial results of its ongoing demonstration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s premier center for nuclear energy research and development. With nearly 500 hours of full load operation completed at the laboratory, Bloom’s high-temperature electrolyzer is producing hydrogen more efficiently than other commercially available electrolyzers, including PEM and alkaline.
Producing inexpensive hydrogen using electricity to split water or to extract hydrogen from hydrocarbon compounds is a two-sided coin: one side is obtaining and exploiting low-cost, emissions-free energy sources while the opposite side is establishing low-cost robust, durable, and efficient materials for the conversion processes.
The demonstration project is expected to be operational in 2024 and will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a hybrid hydrogen production system in order to facilitate large scale commercialization. Also during this outage, work will be performed to support the DOE funded zero-carbon hydrogen production demonstration project at Davis-Besse in collaboration with INL, Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
Drones equipped with INL’s new Route Operable Unmanned Navigation of Drones (ROUNDS) software can be used to automate tedious tasks at power plants or factories to improve operational efficiencies, lower costs, and reduce the risk of workplace injuries. With ROUNDS, inexpensive, off-the-shelf drones with cameras are equipped to navigate indoor spaces without modifications to the hardware or any software configuration. ROUNDS enabled drones can navigate in closed industrial spaces quickly, covering more distance and locations in a shorter period of time.
The US Department of Energy will provide $20 million funding for a demonstration project at Palo Verde nuclear power station in Arizona to produce hydrogen. The DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Office has announced a funding award of $12 million, along with $8 million from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
Palo Verde Generating Station, a 4-GW nuclear power plant in Arizona, is gearing up to produce hydrogen from a low-temperature electrolysis system, and that hydrogen will then be used to fuel a natural gas–fired power plant owned by Arizona Public Service. The innovative power-to-power demonstration led by PNW Hydrogen is set to receive $20 million in federal funding, including $12 million from the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and $8 million from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
In June, U.S. Energy Jennifer Granholm launched the Earthshot Initiative, which seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to decarbonize the industrial sector. By generating clean hydrogen, nuclear power plants can contribute to the Earthshot.
“By diversifying the uses of nuclear energy and nuclear power plants, we provide additional economic and environmental opportunities for nuclear energy to continue to contribute to our nation’s economy and energy supply mix,” Hallbert said. “Those, in turn, provide compelling reasons to continue to operate the existing fleet of light water reactors into the future.”
“This project, and others like it, align with the mission of INL and DOE to sustain the existing fleet of operating light water reactors and support the pipeline of future advanced nuclear power systems,” said Bruce Hallbert, director of DOE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, based at INL. “These projects demonstrate the versatility of nuclear power to meet the demands for energy and energy products while achieving reductions in carbon emissions to the environment.”
DOE on October 7, 2021, announced $20 million in funding to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power. This innovative approach will allow clean hydrogen to serve as a source for zero-carbon electricity and represent an important economic product for nuclear plants beyond electricity.
If you’re hearing for the first time that October 8 is Hydrogen Day, you might be wondering, “Why October 8?” and “What’s the connection to nuclear?” ANS Nuclear Newswire has the answers.
Thanks to research performed over the last decade by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, utilities now have the confidence and data they need to apply for a second 20-year operating license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
It is no secret that the nuclear power industry is enduring an economic crisis. Brought about largely by the impact of technological disruption across the energy market.
It is no secret that the nuclear power industry is enduring an economic crisis. Brought about largely by the impact of technological disruption across the larger energy market, a number of utilities have had no option but to prematurely shut down some nuclear plants because they could no longer compete in the regions they serve.