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Title: Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems Workshop Report

Abstract

Nuclear energy provides almost 20% of the electric power in the United States, producing power with high availability while accounting for 63% of our carbon-free energy production. While we have the capacity to expand this clean power source within the United States, we have not built any advanced reactor plant designs in our rapidly evolving electricity generation market, where cost is a major driver. With construction cost and plant safety being major elements of cost for new nuclear, advanced reactor technologies could provide lower cost, safer, carbon-free, grid-resilient energy sources for the US electricity grid. When the current fleet of nuclear reactors was originally designed, many of today’s science and technology (S&T) advances were not available. Today these advances show great promise for transforming our national approach to nuclear reactor design. Other industries are capitalizing on rapid innovations in materials, manufacturing, sensors and control systems, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation (M&S), along with data analytics to provide lower costs in manufacturing and extended ranges of operations. In the nuclear industry, these innovations can translate into similar benefits as well as rapid design and qualification of advanced nuclear fuels. Effectively implementing these types of innovations could position American expert leadership tomore » compete more fully in the international nuclear energy market. In July of 2018, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy sponsored a workshop to address these possibilities: “Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems.” Workshop participants explored how modern and emerging S&T can be used to transform the approach to nuclear reactor design, licensing, and operation to accelerate deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems. More than 80 experts from federal agencies, academia, and industry participated in the workshop to develop consensus on priority technology directions (PTDs) and recommend technology and deployment initiatives to explore and demonstrate key benefits for the nuclear community.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [3]; ORCiD logo [1];  [4]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Kairos Power, Alameda, CA (United States)
  3. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  4. Studsvik Scandpower, Inc., Wilmington, NC (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1490719
Report Number(s):
ORNL/SPR-2018/1025
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Tobin Jr, Kenneth, Busby, Jeremy, Hackett, Micah J., Love, Lonnie, Babu, Sudarsanam, Cao, Lei Raymond, Pointer, W David, Wharton, William Arthur, Qualls, A L., and Betzler, Benjamin R. Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems Workshop Report. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1490719.
Tobin Jr, Kenneth, Busby, Jeremy, Hackett, Micah J., Love, Lonnie, Babu, Sudarsanam, Cao, Lei Raymond, Pointer, W David, Wharton, William Arthur, Qualls, A L., & Betzler, Benjamin R. Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems Workshop Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1490719.
Tobin Jr, Kenneth, Busby, Jeremy, Hackett, Micah J., Love, Lonnie, Babu, Sudarsanam, Cao, Lei Raymond, Pointer, W David, Wharton, William Arthur, Qualls, A L., and Betzler, Benjamin R. Wed . "Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems Workshop Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1490719. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1490719.
@article{osti_1490719,
title = {Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems Workshop Report},
author = {Tobin Jr, Kenneth and Busby, Jeremy and Hackett, Micah J. and Love, Lonnie and Babu, Sudarsanam and Cao, Lei Raymond and Pointer, W David and Wharton, William Arthur and Qualls, A L. and Betzler, Benjamin R.},
abstractNote = {Nuclear energy provides almost 20% of the electric power in the United States, producing power with high availability while accounting for 63% of our carbon-free energy production. While we have the capacity to expand this clean power source within the United States, we have not built any advanced reactor plant designs in our rapidly evolving electricity generation market, where cost is a major driver. With construction cost and plant safety being major elements of cost for new nuclear, advanced reactor technologies could provide lower cost, safer, carbon-free, grid-resilient energy sources for the US electricity grid. When the current fleet of nuclear reactors was originally designed, many of today’s science and technology (S&T) advances were not available. Today these advances show great promise for transforming our national approach to nuclear reactor design. Other industries are capitalizing on rapid innovations in materials, manufacturing, sensors and control systems, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation (M&S), along with data analytics to provide lower costs in manufacturing and extended ranges of operations. In the nuclear industry, these innovations can translate into similar benefits as well as rapid design and qualification of advanced nuclear fuels. Effectively implementing these types of innovations could position American expert leadership to compete more fully in the international nuclear energy market. In July of 2018, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy sponsored a workshop to address these possibilities: “Technologies to Reactors: Enabling Accelerated Deployment of Nuclear Energy Systems.” Workshop participants explored how modern and emerging S&T can be used to transform the approach to nuclear reactor design, licensing, and operation to accelerate deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems. More than 80 experts from federal agencies, academia, and industry participated in the workshop to develop consensus on priority technology directions (PTDs) and recommend technology and deployment initiatives to explore and demonstrate key benefits for the nuclear community.},
doi = {10.2172/1490719},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {12}
}

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