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NRIC Director Speaks at Alternative Energy Series Event

December 6, 2022

NRIC's Ashley Finan spoke about the future of nuclear energy at INL during the Teton County Library's Alternative Energy Series .

Energy Futures Finance Forum Tours INL

November 28, 2022

NRIC welcomed the Energy Futures Finance Forum (EF3) in November to tour demonstration and testing facilities at Idaho National Laboratory.

How NRIC Is Helping Advance Technology for the Nuclear Power Industry

November 17, 2022

“Our vision is to support the demonstration of at least two advanced reactors by the end of 2025, in order to reestablish U.S. nuclear energy leadership, and to be supporting commercial advanced nuclear by 2030, so that we can be providing abundant clean energy to the world,” Dr. Ashley Finan…

NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. Awarded Access to NRIC Resource Team Program at INL

August 16, 2022

NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. (“NANO Nuclear”) is pleased to announce that the Company has been awarded 200 hours of subject matter expert (SME) support at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as part of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) Resource Team program.

DOE and ABS Launch New Studies on Nuclear Energy for Commercial Ships

August 17, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded ABS a contract to research barriers to the adoption of advanced nuclear propulsion on commercial vessels. The $800,000 research project, which was awarded by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy last year, is now being formally contracted through its U.S. Industry Opportunities...

US program aims to cut nuclear construction costs

July 20, 2021

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a multi-million-dollar program to develop three technologies, already common within other industries, to reign in ballooning nuclear power plant construction costs.

Building nuclear plants faster and in a more affordable way

July 19, 2021

There is a lot of buzz around advanced reactors, and for good reason, according to Ashley Finan, director of the Department of Energy’s National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC). In the article 3 Ways to Make Nuclear Power Plants Faster and More Affordable to Build, published earlier this month on the DOE’s website...

3 Ways to Make Nuclear Power Plants Faster and More Affordable to Build

July 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy is launching an initiative through the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) that I’m deeply passionate about. It’s going to transform the nuclear energy industry without even splitting a single atom. There’s a lot of buzz around advanced reactors, and for good reason. They of...

DOE and GE Hitachi Team Up to Lower Costs of Building New Nuclear Reactors

July 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $5.8 million in funding to develop three construction technologies that together can reduce the cost of new nuclear builds by more than 10 percent. “Construction costs and schedule overruns have plagued new nuclear builds for decades,” said Dr. ...

The controversial future of nuclear power in the U.S.

May 4, 2021

As the climate crisis worsens, the discussion intensifies over what role nuclear power should play in fighting it. President Joe Biden has set ambitious goals for fighting climate change: To cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to have a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The plan requires electricity generatio...

NRIC Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2021

Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter. We are well into our second year of operations at the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC), and I am excited to share some highlights about NRIC’s progress as we advance toward demonstrations of advanced nuclear reactors.

A Faster Path to Carbon-Free Power

February 25, 2021

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) teamed up to adapt an approach that could save more than a year and millions of dollars in regulatory and vendor costs. The approach, called Plant Parameter Envelopes (PPEs), simplifies the N...