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May 19, 2015
International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative: 2013 Annual Report

Nuclear energy represents the single largest carbon-free baseload source of energy in the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated and over 60 percent of our low-carbon production. Worldwide, nuclear power generates 14 percent of global electricity. Continually increasing demand for clean energy both domestically and across the globe, combined with research designed to make nuclear power ever-safer and more cost-effective, will keep nuclear in the energy mix for the foreseeable future.

May 15, 2015
Summary of Investigations on Technical Feasibility of Direct Disposal of Dual-Purpose Canisters R1

This study has evaluated the technical feasibility of direct disposal in a geologic repository, of commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in dual-purpose canisters (DPCs) of existing designs.  The investigation considered waste isolation safety, engineering feasibility, thermal management, and postclosure criticality control.  The 3-year study concludes that direct disposal is technically feasible for most DPCs, depending on the repository host geology.  Thermal management and postclosure criticality control are two important aspects of disposability, and both of these could be relatively sim

May 1, 2015
2015 Secretarial Determination

On May 1, 2015, the Secretary of Energy determined that continued uranium transfers for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and for down-blending of highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium mining, conversion, or enrichment industry (“2015 Secretarial Determination”). This Determination covers continued transfers at the rates specified in the Determination.

April 30, 2015
Test Proposal Document for Phased Field Thermal Testing in Salt

The document summarizes how a new round of staged thermal field testing will help to augment the safety case for disposal of heat generating nuclear waste in salt. The objectives of the proposed test plan are to: (1) address features, events, and processes (FEPs), (2) build scientific and public confidence, (3) foster international collaboration, (4) evaluate disposal concepts, and (5) validate coupled process models.  The test proposal is designed to address long term performance assessment (PA) and shorter term operational uncertainties.

April 30, 2015
LWRS Program and EPRI Long-Term Operations Program - Joint R&D Plan

To address the challenges associated with pursuing commercial nuclear power plant operations beyond 60 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have established separate but complementary research and development programs: DOE-NE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program and EPRI’s Long-Term Operations (LTO) Program. INL/EXT-12-24562 Revision 4

April 30, 2015
Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program - Integrated Program Plan

The Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), performed in close collaboration and cooperation with related industry R&D programs. INL/EXT-11-23452 Revision 3

April 24, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - April 2015

Updates on V.C. Summer construction schedule, Watts Bar 2, South Texas Project

March 24, 2015
Report on Separate Disposal of Defense High-Level Radioactive Waste

This is a report on the separate disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and commercial nuclear waste.

March 24, 2015
FACT SHEET: The Path Forward on Nuclear Waste Disposal

This fact sheet provides the basic information about current plans for nuclear waste disposal.

March 19, 2015
Excess Uranium Management

The Department's Notice of Issues for Public Comment on the effects of DOE transfers of excess uranium on domestic uranium mining, conversion, and enrichment industries.

March 4, 2015
NEAMS Quarterly Report For July-September 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

February 2, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - January 2015

Includes news updates on nuclear power deployment including: vermont yankee closure, possible vogtle construction delay.

January 30, 2015
MEETING MATERIALS: DECEMBER 10, 2014

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January 30, 2015
2014 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs - Report

2014 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs Report
January 2015

December 19, 2014
Advance Reactor Concepts Technical Review Panel Public Report

The Office of Nuclear Energy supports research and development for advanced reactor technologies. This report documents the results of the 2014 Technical Review Panel (TRP) review of seven advanced reactor concepts. The intent of the process was to identify R&D needs for advanced reactor concepts in order to inform Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy R&D investment decisions.

November 28, 2014
Advanced Nuclear Technology: Advanced Light Water Reactors Utility Requirements Document Small Modular Reactors Inclusion Summary

Advanced Nuclear Technology: Advanced Light Water Reactors Utility Requirements Document Small Modular Reactors Inclusion Summary
November 2014

November 25, 2014
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter will be released periodically to inform program stakeholders about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) R&D programs.

November 12, 2014
2014 Wall Street Perspective on SMRs

2014 Wall Street Perspective on SMRs
November 2014

November 7, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for April-June 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

October 31, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - October 2014

News Updates
 The NRC has approved a final rule on the continued storage of spent fuel and has lifted a two year suspension on final licensing actions on plant licenses and license renewals. The rule incorporates a Generic Environmental Impact Statement that can be referenced by the environmental reviews for site licenses.

October 22, 2014
Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

The Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel report assesses the technical options for the safe and permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) managed by the Department of Energy. Specifically, it considers whether DOE-managed HLW and SNF should be disposed of with commercial SNF and HLW in one geologic repository or whether there are advantages to developing separate geologic disposal pathways for some DOE-managed HLW and SNF. The report recommends that the Department begin implementation of a phased, adaptive, and consent-based strategy with development of a separate mined repository for some DOE-managed HLW and cooler DOE-managed SNF.

October 3, 2014
Business Case for Small Modular Reactors Report on Findings

Business Case for Small Modular Reactors Report on Findings
October 2014

October 1, 2014
Preliminary Evaluation of Removing Used Nuclear Fuel From Shutdown Sites

In January 2013, the Department of Energy issued the Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste. Among the elements contained in this strategy is an initial focus on accepting used nuclear fuel from shutdown reactor sites.

September 30, 2014
Evaluation of Potential Locations for Siting Small Modular Reactors near Federal Energy Clusters to Support Federal Clean Energy Goals

Evaluation of Potential Locations for Siting Small Modular Reactors near Federal Energy Clusters to Support Federal Clean Energy Goals
ORNL/TM-2014/433
September 2014

September 26, 2014
Results of Stainless Steel Canister Corrosion Studies and Environmental Sample Investigations.

This report documents experimental work evaluating localized corrosion of container and canister materials performed at Sandia National Laboratories. The report also documents the results of analyses of the dust samples collected by the EPRI-led in-service inspections of dry storage canisters at existing ISFSIs (Hope Creek NJ, and Diablo Canyon CA).