The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for three domestic projects that will accelerate advanced nuclear technology development. These projects, valued at $26.9 million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability.
The desire to reduce the carbon intensity of human activities and strengthen the resilience of infrastructure key to economic prosperity and geopolitical stability shines a new spotlight on the value and challenges of nuclear energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, led by Idaho National Laboratory, works closely with utilities to improve outage efficiencies and enable nuclear to go “toe-to-toe economically” with other energy sources.
The Energy Department and the U.S. nuclear industry have seized on the vision of tapping energy from reactors to separate hydrogen from water, creating millions of tons of the gas a year to sell to oil refineries and fertilizer, steel and plastic manufacturers.
"You use hydrogen in the production of steel and petroleum refining. You use hydrogen in the support of vehicles that burn hydrogen in fuel cells. You use it for the production of ammonia fertilizers," said Bruce Hallbert, director of the DOE LWRS at INL.
This past January, UToledo hosted the Sustainable Energy Economy Workshop: Research & Development of Light Water Reactors and Hydrogen Hybrids.
Four U.S. nuclear generators—Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, Exelon, and Arizona Public Service —are making headway on projects to demonstrate hydrogen production at nuclear plants, but scaling those efforts up to net new end-users and sources of revenue is still ridden with hurdles, company officials said in a panel discussion at the American Nuclear Society’s virtual 2020 annual meeting.
Midwest nuclear power generators are exploring the potential of producing hydrogen on site as a way to reduce costs and create new revenue — a move that could also boost the region’s growing fuel cell industry.
This article discusses newly developed automated software based on the ASTM standard E1820-18 normalization method, which is a useful tool for evaluating material fracture toughness in the ductile region.
In the U.S., where BWRs make up nearly a third of the reactors, regulators considered new safety enhancements to avoid another scenario like Fukushima, where an earthquake and tsunami touched off a series of fuel failures that resulted in radioactive leaks.
The Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program authorizes the secretary of energy to establish a program to support existing plants in the United States.
Marking a major milestone for the U.S. nuclear power sector, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has for the first time issued license renewals that authorize nuclear reactor operation beyond 60 years and up to 80 years.
FirstEnergy Solutions, Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service will demonstrate hydrogen production at three nuclear plants they own starting in 2020 and 2021.