INL engineers are supporting safe operation of nuclear power plants – both for today and tomorrow. In addition to helping the U.S. nuclear industry safely extend the operating licenses of current reactors, INL engineers work with the world’s nuclear experts to evaluate advanced nuclear reactor designs.
Molten salts are a diverse group of fluids that can be used for a variety of applications, including nuclear fuels and coolants, purification and separation of chemical species, and energy storage. INL is studying and solving complex issues associated with advanced energy production and used fuel management for effectively and safely deploying future energy solutions.
The Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program conducts research to develop technologies and other solutions to improve economics and reliability, sustain safety, and extend the operation of the nation’s fleet of nuclear power plants.
Researchers at the Materials and Fuels Complex are leading the charge to keep current commercial reactors performing and to create an even safer, less expensive and more reliable next generation of nuclear power plants.
The Nuclear Science User Facilities offers unparalleled research opportunities for nuclear energy researchers by providing access to world-class nuclear research facilities, technical expertise from experienced scientists and engineers, and assistance with experiment design, assembly, safety analysis and examination.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear provides the nuclear community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.
The National Reactor Innovation Center accelerates the demonstration and deployment of advanced nuclear energy through its mission that allows collaborators to harness the world-class capabilities of the U.S. national laboratory System.
The Nuclear Energy University Program engages U.S. colleges and universities to conduct research and development, enhance infrastructure and support student education thereby helping to sustain a world class nuclear energy and workforce capability.