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Title: Nuclear Innovation Workshops Report

Abstract

The Nuclear Innovation Workshops were held at six locations across the United States on March 3-5, 2015. The data collected during these workshops has been analyzed and sorted to bring out consistent themes toward enhancing innovation in nuclear energy. These themes include development of a test bed and demonstration platform, improved regulatory processes, improved communications, and increased public-private partnerships. This report contains a discussion of the workshops and resulting themes. Actionable steps are suggested at the end of the report. This revision has a small amount of the data in Appendix C removed in order to avoid potential confusion.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1244639
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-15-36509
TRN: US1601062
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; MEETINGS; USA; COMMUNICATIONS; NUCLEAR INDUSTRY; RECOMMENDATIONS; MANAGEMENT; ORGANIZATIONAL MODELS; COOPERATION; REGULATIONS; Demonstration Platform; Nuclear Innovation; Test Bed

Citation Formats

Jackson, John Howard, Allen, Todd Randall, Hildebrandt, Philip Clay, and Baker, Suzanne Hobbs. Nuclear Innovation Workshops Report. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1244639.
Jackson, John Howard, Allen, Todd Randall, Hildebrandt, Philip Clay, & Baker, Suzanne Hobbs. Nuclear Innovation Workshops Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1244639.
Jackson, John Howard, Allen, Todd Randall, Hildebrandt, Philip Clay, and Baker, Suzanne Hobbs. Tue . "Nuclear Innovation Workshops Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1244639. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1244639.
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