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An Apt Approach to Enriched Uranium

December 19, 2019

PNNL researchers map fissionable isotopes to their location in uranium fuel plates. How a material behaves depends on…
Argonne discovery offers new way to coat nuclear materials

September 4, 2019

Argonne scientists have discovered a new way to coat nuclear materials that supports efforts to minimize use of…
Earthquake or underground explosion?

August 7, 2019

Experiments help differentiate between nuclear tests and natural events Sandia National Laboratories researchers, as part of a group…
What IF Nuclear Innovation Could Save the World?

August 2, 2019

What role can nuclear power play in getting humans to Mars or eliminating climate change? Not to mention…
Combining fundamental chemistry with high-performance computing resources at ORNL, researchers demonstrate a more efficient method for recovering uranium from seawater, unveiling a prototype material that outperforms best-in-class uranium adsorbents. Credit: Alexander Ivanov/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Bio-inspired material targets oceans’ uranium stores for sustainable nuclear energy

May 17, 2019

Scientists have demonstrated a new bio-inspired material for an eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to recovering uranium from seawater.…
Breakthrough in boiling

April 24, 2019

High-fidelity simulations by MIT nuclear researchers point the way to optimizing heat transfer in current and next-generation reactors.…
Researchers Study Radioactive Material Behavior—Without the Radioactivity

April 24, 2019

Novel particle inquiry and outcomes are featured on cover of prominent journal. There’s much to learn about what…
A universal tool to improve global security

February 23, 2019

Elusive antineutrinos can help monitor nuclear power plants and other activity. The United Kingdom is investing nearly £10…
Transitions: Argonne’s pioneering study of nuclear energy future

February 21, 2019

Broad collaborative research effort offers glimpse into the future of nuclear energy. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Plant…
Do sunken nuclear submarines pose a risk of radioactive pollution?

February 5, 2019

Nuclear energy actually has a pretty good safety record. However, people don‘t recognize times when power plants are…
The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors uses its Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) software for the modeling and simulation of various nuclear reactors, such as the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor. Through recent funding from the Department of Energy, ORNL will work with Exelon Generation to enhance capabilities of VERA software for boiling water reactors applications, which will lead to better predictions of reactor performance. Image credit: ORNL
ORNL partners industry address multiple nuclear technology challenges

December 21, 2018

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collaborating with industry on six new projects focused on…
U.S. nuclear plant outages increased in September after remaining low during summer

October 17, 2018

Electric generation capacity losses as a result of U.S. nuclear plant outages were relatively low during much of…
Protons get zippier in neutron-rich nuclei

August 28, 2018

It’s a case of acting differently when outmanned — or rather out-neutroned. Protons appear to get extra pep in their…
Exploring the chemistry of nuclear explosions

July 25, 2018

To understand fallout formation from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to look at the gas phase of metal…
Researchers discover cause of radiation defects

June 3, 2018

A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texas A&M University got a step closer to understanding…
Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

May 3, 2018

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power…
Custom-designed alloy enhances nuclear safety

April 15, 2018

A team led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a safer…
University of Iowa establishes research group on nuclear energy and waste

March 30, 2018

Mikaela Pyrch pauses for a moment to admire her creations. Behind protective glass on a laboratory bench sit vials containing…
Lawrence Livermore to lead United States-United Kingdom consortium for demonstrating remote monitoring of nuclear reactors

March 28, 2018

Harnessing the unusual characteristics of the elusive subatomic particles known as antineutrinos, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will…
Electricity generation from fossil fuels declined in 2017 as renewable generation rose

March 26, 2018

According to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly, total U.S. net electricity generation fell slightly (down 1.5%) in 2017, reflecting lower…
Road, rail, boat: Sandia transport triathlon puts spent nuclear fuel to the test

March 14, 2018

Spent nuclear fuel needs to be safely transported from the power plants where it is generated to interim…
Nuclear—Simulation scale-up

March 3, 2018

Nuclear scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are retooling existing software used to simulate radiation transport in small…
Monthly renewable electricity generation surpasses nuclear in U.S. for the first time since 1984

July 7, 2017

In March, and again in April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation for…
How to Turn Nuclear Waste Into Electric Energy

November 28, 2016

Scientists at the Bristol university have found a way to convert worthless nuclear waste into diamond batteries that…
China expected to account for more than half of world growth in nuclear power through 2040

September 29, 2016

EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) projects that total global nuclear generation will increase by 73% through 2040,…
U.S. nuclear outages this summer were higher than in summer 2015

September 5, 2016

U.S. nuclear power plant outages have been higher this summer (June through August), averaging 4.3 gigawatts (GW), or…
Team uses pulsed ion beams to probe radiation defect dynamics in nuclear materials

August 28, 2016

Materials scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a novel experimental method to access the dynamic…
Argonne, NNSA collaborate with China to convert micro-reactor

April 25, 2016

Chinese officials announced at the recent Nuclear Security Summit that the country commenced operations on a small research…
Advances in extracting uranium from seawater announced

April 24, 2016

The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium—enough to meet global energy needs for the next…
ORNL’s benchmark data set validates global nuclear reactor codes

March 12, 2016

Nearly 100 commercial nuclear reactors supply one-fifth of America’s energy. For each fuel rod in a reactor assembly,…
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