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AI for a clean energy future: Researchers use machine learning for advanced...

May 16, 2022

Developing the nuclear power systems of the future requires innovative thinking and new approaches to solving complex challenges. For the first time, a team of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and University of Idaho researchers has successfully applied machine learning to...

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Fueling Innovation: New collaboration with University of Utah tackles nuclear waste

May 11, 2022

It’s one of the most persistent questions in nuclear energy: What about the waste? A new collaboration between Idaho National Laboratory and the University of Utah hopes to answer that question by making fuel recycling a reality for advanced reactors.  ...

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NSUF, EPRI Pilot Project paves way for reactor extensions

April 13, 2022

A study that began in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has finished its third and final phase. The study provides important insight that will not only extend the life of...

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INL’s MARVEL engineer develops nuclear test reactor at lightning speed

March 24, 2022

Yasir Arafat is a MARVEL superhero. No, he’s not a Marvel Comics superhero. Rather, he’s a nuclear engineer leading development of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Microreactor Applications Research Validation and Evaluation (MARVEL) project at Idaho National Laboratory. And from...

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New X-ray technique provides novel images of TRISO nuclear fuel

March 22, 2022

Advanced nuclear technologies could play an important role for nations seeking carbon-free energy solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change.    Companies around the world are developing advanced reactor designs to meet a range of needs, from microreactors for remote...

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Advanced Test Reactor overhaul complete; system testing underway to resume normal operations

March 21, 2022

Workers at Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Test Reactor have completed an 11-month outage for a core overhaul that occurs about every 10 years to maintain peak performance. During the overhaul, operators and maintenance teams replaced components that wear out over...

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More Power to Learn

March 14, 2022

When Kyle Schroeder began his nuclear engineering degree at Idaho State University, he relied on his personal computer to run complex simulations required for his job as a research assistant. Specifically, Schroeder was trying to model how fluid might flow...

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From the top: Digital twin researcher summits Denali

March 4, 2022

For about a year, Kaleb Houck spent an hour every day after work walking on a treadmill at maximum incline with a 65-pound pack on his back. He was also working out an additional two or three hours each workday...

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Idaho universities gain access to Idaho National Laboratory supercomputer

February 28, 2022

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Students and faculty at Idaho’s three public research universities will soon have access to one of the nation’s fastest academic supercomputers thanks to an agreement signed in January. The memorandum of understanding between Boise State University,...

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Forging the future of nuclear power: INL team assembles microreactor prototype

January 31, 2022

Machinists at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) have successfully fabricated a full-scale, electrically heated prototype for the Department of Energy’s Microreactor Applications Research Validation and Evaluation (MARVEL) project in just nine months.   The machine shop team with the completed prototype DOE initiated the MARVEL project last year to support the...

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