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July 15, 2015
This image of Pluto, taken by New Horizons after a 9 1/2-year journey, is our highest-resolution photo of the dwarf planet since its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. | Photo courtesy of NASA.
To Pluto and Beyond: Powering New Horizons’ 3-Billion-Mile Journey

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto after a 3-billion-mile journey powered by nuclear technology from the Energy Department.

June 9, 2015
The History of Nuclear Power in Space

Explore the history of nuclear power systems in U.S. space exploration -- from early satellites to the moon, Mars and beyond.

May 19, 2015
Sarah Lennon at the Qinshann Nuclear Power Plan Museum
7th Workshop on Risk Informed Regulation and Safety Culture

The 7th Workshop on Risk Informed Regulation and Safety Culture was one of a series of workshops designed by the Office of Nuclear Energy in concert with experts from the Idaho National Laboratory to assist China in developing a comprehensive, successful and efficient Risk-Informed Regulatory framework.

May 15, 2015
Generation IV International Forum 39th Policy Group Meeting

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) will hold the third GIF Symposium, May 19-20, 2015, in conjunction with the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-23), at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

March 24, 2015
Three trucks transport nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. | Energy Department photo.
Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

Today, Secretary Moniz announced that the Energy Department is moving forward with planning for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities.

March 23, 2015
Generation IV International Forum Framework Agreement Extended to 2025

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) “Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems” was recently extended to 2025, paving the way for continued collaboration among participating countries.

February 26, 2015
U.S. and Kazakhstani participants follow a briefing about modeling and simulation
DOE/NE Sponsors a U.S. – Kazakhstan Civilian Nuclear Energy Workshop at Idaho National Laboratory

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.

January 14, 2015
United States-Republic of Korea (ROK) International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (INERI) Annual Steering Committee Meeting

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

April 24, 2014
The Energy Innovation Laboratory at the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory was dedicated earlier this week. The new facility enables researchers to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in advanced clean energy and related environmental science. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory
NE & EERE Working Together: 5 Facts About the New Energy Innovation Lab at Idaho National Laboratory

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.

December 31, 2013
GIF Policy Group Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, November 2013
Generation IV International Forum Updates Technology Roadmap and Builds Future Collaboration

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).