Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed McGinnis opened a successful U.S.-Kazakhstan Civil Nuclear Energy workshop at Idaho National Laboratory the week of February 9. The workshop participants included leadership from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy Department of Nuclear Industry and Kazakhstan’s own “national laboratory,” the National Nuclear Center (NNC), as well as Idaho National Laboratory personnel.
On November 17-18, 2014, the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE/NE) hosted the annual U.S.-ROK INERI Steering Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. The Steering Committee reviewed the progress of its eight active civil nuclear energy research and development (R&D) projects. It also selected seven new R&D projects that were then initiated in December 2014. These projects were selected based on an open solicitation and independent review process prior to the annual Steering Committee meeting. The new projects address R&D in the areas of light water reactor
Through the facility, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Nuclear Energy are working side-by-side to solve shared energy challenges such as systems integration, energy productivity, and grid optimization.
The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) held its 36th Policy Group (PG) meeting on November 21-22 in Brussels, Belgium. The PG reviewed progress on a number of on-going actions and received progress reports from the GIF Experts Group (EG) and the GIF Senior Industry Advisory Panel (SIAP).
A new middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum called The Harnessed Atom is now available on the Office of Nuclear Energy website. This new curriculum offers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The essential principles and fundamental concepts in The Harnessed Atom address the latest science standards for crosscutting concepts about energy and matter.
Nuclear power reactors currently under construction worldwide boast modern safety and operational enhancements that were designed by the global nuclear energy industry and enhanced through research and development (R&D) by the U.S. Department of Energy and its international counterparts. Today, experts around the world are collaborating to further advance nuclear technology to meet future energy needs.