Office of Nuclear Energy


Advantages and Challenges of Nuclear Energy
January 26, 2021
An overview of the main advantages of nuclear energy and the challenges currently facing the industry today.
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NUCLEAR 101: How Does a Nuclear Reactor Work?
January 22, 2021
Learn how boiling and pressurized light-water reactors work.
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5 Nuclear Energy Storylines to Watch in 2021
January 18, 2021
The top five biggest storylines to watch out for in 2021.
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X-energy is Developing a Pebble Bed Reactor That They Say Can't Melt Down
January 5, 2021
This pebble bed, high-temperature gas-cooled reactor can't melt down, according to X-energy.
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Nuclear Milestones

High-Tech Railcar Designed to Transport Spent Nuclear Fuel Moves to Next Phase
February 9, 2021
Eight-axle Fortis railcar moves to fabrication and testing phase.
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Irradiated Accident Tolerant Fuel Experiments Shipped to ORNL
December 4, 2020
Accident tolerant fuel experiments by GE's Global Nuclear Fuel shipped to Oak Ridge National Laboratory after 24 months in a commercial reactor.
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TVA and Framatome to Load First 3D-Printed Fuel Assembly Bracket in Commercial Reactor
December 1, 2020
3D-printed fuel assembly brackets printed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be loaded in a commercial reactor for the first time.
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National Lab Designs System to Produce Solid Metal Hydride Moderator
November 10, 2020
National lab develops a system to fabricate solid yttrium hydride to be used as a moderator in compact, high-temperature reactors.
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Press Releases

DOE Announces Public Hearings on Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement
Public hearings will be held online January 27, 2021 and January 28, 2021.
January 8, 2021
DOE Awards $20 million for Advanced Reactor Concepts
DOE to support three U.S. advanced reactor designs through cost-shared partnerships to assist industry designs through their earliest stages.
December 22, 2020
DOE Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor
DOE invites the public to review and comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Versatile Test Reactor project.
December 21, 2020
Energy Department’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Awards $30 Million in Initial Funding for Risk Reduction Projects
DOE to support five U.S. advanced reactor designs through cost-shared partnerships to prepare them for future demonstrations.
December 16, 2020
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