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Can a 20-person startup with $25 million get Oklo’s fast-fission micro-reactor to market?
By Eric Wesoff, PV Magazine

Oklo is attempting to bring an advanced nuclear reactor design to market despite an ill-fitting regulatory system and 40 years of stasis in the U.S. nuclear industry. Oklo’s COO Caroline Cochran spoke with PV Magazine about the challenges facing an advanced nuclear startup acting as the “tip of the spear to a new way of fission.”

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Oklo submits first advanced reactor license application in US as NRC moves to streamline reviews
By Matthew Bandyk, Utility Dive

Oklo, a developer of a micro nuclear reactor design that it claims will be a technological leap ahead of current operating power reactors, has become the first of the so-called “advanced reactors” to submit a combined construction and operating license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration 
By Sonal Patel, Power Magazine

Oklo, developer of a 1.5-MW passive compact fast reactor, will be the first to receive high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) nuclear fuel from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to aid a first-of-its-kind demonstration of its Aurora microreactor, which could begin in 2024.

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The power plant of the future could run on nuclear waste
By Nathanael Johnson, Grist

A California-based start-up’s plans to develop a power plant that can turn nuclear waste into energy just took a big step closer to reality.

The company, Oklo, got a permit in December to build the next-generation power plant at the Idaho National Laboratory, in Idaho Falls. The lab announced Wednesday that it will also provide Oklo with fuel — the waste products of a nuclear reactor.

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Advanced Reactor Developer Oklo Receives Site Use Permit From Energy Department
By Jacqueline Toth, Morning Consult

The Energy Department has granted compact fast reactor developer Oklo Inc. a permit to build a small nuclear reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Oklo, which will announce the landmark development Tuesday, is the first non-light water power reactor design to receive a site use permit, effective for the lifetime of the plant.

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Experts Explore Options for Microreactors in Alaska
By Cory Hatch for INL Public Affairs

For cities in the most isolated regions of Alaska, keeping the lights on is often challenging and almost always expensive.

Klouda and the University of Alaska are collaborating with DOE to analyze whether microreactors might help alleviate some of Alaska’s energy challenges.

Microreactors are small nuclear reactors that could be built in a factory and transported in a shipping container to just about anywhere in the world.

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The BIG Potential for Nuclear Microreactors
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy

The U.S. nuclear energy sector is going through one of the most innovative and transformative times in our history.

We are literally witnessing the advent of an entirely new class of advanced reactors that will soon come in a wide variety of sizes and applications. More than 50 U.S. companies are working on designs that are smaller, scalable, versatile and even mobile—providing far greater access to nuclear power than ever before.

Microreactors will likely be the first advanced reactors that we see enter the U.S. market.

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Nuclear Advocates Receive DOE Funding for Exploratory Study on Puerto Rico
By Jacqueline Toth, Morning Consult

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and its power grid, the Energy Department has approved funding for initial work on a feasibility study into whether advanced nuclear reactors could be a good solution to the island’s power problems.

The notice to proceed, provided to the nonprofit Nuclear Alternative Project from the Idaho National Laboratory, cleared the group to begin work, allowing the project team to explore the market conditions for nuclear power and gauge public sentiment toward advanced nuclear technologies on the island.

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