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Starting small: Three microgrid projects bring clean energy to Army in Kuwait

January 31, 2023

When U.S. military members are deployed in the Middle East, they often have limited access to sustainable energy sources. To help reduce carbon emissions from troops abroad, Idaho National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Defense are developing three pilot...

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Study shows advantages of charging electric heavy-duty vehicles with small modular nuclear...

January 16, 2023

Nuclear and hydrogen could be the ideal fuel for recharging electric trucks, opening potential markets for developers of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).   That’s according to a University of Michigan study funded by Emerging Energy Markets Analysis, an Idaho National...

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Idaho National Laboratory researchers awarded $3.8 million, program renewals confirmed

November 21, 2022

Idaho National Laboratory researchers have won funding from one of the nation’s largest sponsors of research in the natural sciences. At $3.8 million over three years, it is one of the largest Department of Energy Office of Science’s Basic Energy...

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More data could turbocharge efforts to build better batteries, researchers say

November 14, 2022

As nations work to eliminate carbon emissions, batteries will play a huge role.  Electric vehicles powered by batteries seem likely to dominate the future of commercial and consumer transportation.    Likewise, large stationary batteries will augment renewables like wind and solar...

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New laboratory to explore the quantum mysteries of nuclear materials

October 18, 2022

Replete with tunneling particles, electron wells, charmed quarks and zombie cats, quantum mechanics takes everything Sir Isaac Newton taught about physics and throws it out the window.    Every day, researchers discover new details about the laws that govern the tiniest...

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Energy analysis moves beyond economics, technology to find the best fit for...

October 5, 2022

In the past, finding the right energy solution for a community was relatively straightforward.   Fossil-fuel power plants dominated energy production, with large nuclear power plants and renewables playing a smaller role. A utility would evaluate these technologies for a given...

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Keeping cool: A common refrigerant shows promise for metal recycling

September 29, 2022

It’s not uncommon in the scientific world for a process to have many unique applications. For example, Idaho National Laboratory researchers have taken a water treatment technology and adapted it for another environmentally important function – selectively separating rare earth...

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Idaho lab unveils industrial-scale advanced manufacturing technology

September 27, 2022

The future of the manufacturing industry depends on advancements that lead to decarbonization. At Idaho National Laboratory, a ribbon cutting event recently unveiled first-of-its-kind electric field assisted sintering (EFAS) technology. At the event, the lab showcased the world’s largest direct...

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Send in the drones: INL unmanned aerial program offers independent testing and...

September 19, 2022

Ever since the Wright brothers innovated in the back of their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, aviation has been, at heart, a nuts-and-bolts endeavor. For all the sophisticated equipment Idaho National Laboratory’s Unmanned Aerial Systems team has at its disposal...

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Energy secretary tours INL with focus on clean energy, national security capabilities

August 3, 2022

Idaho Falls, Idaho – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her first visit to Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Wednesday. Granholm, a former governor of Michigan, was appointed by President Joe Biden to lead the Energy department and...

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