NRIC Resource Team

Supporting Nuclear Demonstration Projects

The National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) Resource Team’s mission is to support development of nuclear demonstration projects by providing technical and project planning support to innovators. The NRIC Resource Team mission aligns with NRIC’s mission to accelerate commercialization of new reactor concepts and technologies, advancing U.S. nuclear leadership.

 

Our Subject Matter Experts Can Assist in the Following Areas:

  • Siting
  • Fuels
  • Licensing
  • NEPA
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Infrastructure support, i.e., post-irradiation examination
  • Digital engineering
  • Safeguards and security
  • Operations and training
  • Material property and qualifications reviews
  • System analysis
  • Demonstrations

Opportunity to Engage

The NRIC Resource Team program was developed in 2020 to provide innovators equal opportunity to engage with participating laboratory subject matter experts and technologies. Approved projects must demonstrate sufficient commitment and progress, as well as reasonable assurance that the team, partners and affiliates will meet export control requirements.

The initial NRIC Resource Team established resources at Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2021, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Lab joined the team.

Funded Project Planning Support

NRIC’s Resource Team support is available to all qualifying organizations equally and will engage to provide information on NRIC and laboratory capabilities. NRIC will also assist reactor designers, as requested, in identifying work packages and developing plans for their proposals.

Access to this resource will be available to organizations that provide NRIC with the following:

  • Preconceptual design document
  • Preliminary work breakdown structure for demonstrating an advanced nuclear energy technology or a technology that enables advanced nuclear energy demonstration.

If given initial approval, an application form and scope of work are required.

Additional notes on resource team function

  • Upon approval, refine scope as needed between the organization and subject matter experts
  • An approved organization will have 200 hours of support from the assigned subject matter experts NRIC Resource Team approval is through the fiscal year, ending Oct. 1 of the year of approval
  • Organizations may have one NRIC Resource Team per advanced nuclear reactor design per year
  • Organizations may apply for NRIC Resource Team support each fiscal year
  • Organizations must provide input on their program experience for inclusion in the NRIC Annual Report

Feedback from Innovators

Global Energy Research Associates (GERA)

“As a result of the NRIC FY-21 grant, GERA has made progress obtaining independent ACE Engine technology performance capabilities confirmation. This independent ACE Engine V&V effort, coupled with the modest government support, has helped build stakeholder confidence and allowed GERA to continue on a path toward commercialization. This grant also helped identify a few potential ongoing collaboration opportunities with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which we hope to explore in the future.”

MicroNuclear

“I wanted to take this opportunity to again thank you for facilitating NRIC support for our reactor development toward demonstration and provide an update on progress. As you know, Argonne National Laboratory is constructing a SAM model of our Molten Salt Nuclear Battery design with the support of Dr.’s Hua and Hu. Information critical to model construction has been discussed and transmitted. Valuable technical feedback and questions have prompted us to conduct further design optimization evaluations and improvement opportunities.”

Radiant Nuclear

“NRIC Resource Team support has been critical in the design progress made by Radiant in 2021 and is the single most flexible and rapid federal support we have experienced to date. Most federal support requires several months to write a proposal, review it, negotiate, and more time up front also to identify a proposal that aligns with the work to be done. This model can cause a year delay between a good idea and a result, greatly slowing product development progress. NRIC hours are the opposite. They can be deployed immediately and have allowed Radiant to engage with subject matter experts at labs to review material properties, simulation and validation models, and qualification risk assessments in many areas of our reactor design.”

Westinghouse Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR)

“With this letter I wanted to provide feedback on the consulting services that are being offered by U.S. national laboratory personnel to the Westinghouse Lead Fast Reactor (LFR) program, as part of the initiative sponsored by the US-DOE National Reactor Innovation Center. The Westinghouse-LFR program is benefitting from these consulting services as they allow Westinghouse personnel to directly interact with leading experts in selected areas of plant modeling and development. These interactions enable Westinghouse to obtain information and recommendations based on the know-how and overall experience of these individuals, beyond what can be collected through already-existing collaborations or general networking. These leading experts contributed to filling some knowledge gaps, supporting analyses and de-risking development activities that Westinghouse is planning to carry out as part of LFR development.”

Kairos Power

“NRIC Resource Team expects to be fully engaged in September to complete Kairos’s requested scope. Kairos did provide feedback on other NRIC support to illustrate they expect the same value from the NRT. Both of our NRIC partnerships have provided valuable interactions in understanding the scope of some technical challenges, where the researchers are clear leaders in their technical area, and where access to other knowledgeable technical experts is very limited. We look forward to continued engagement with these experts in executing on analytical and experimental programs that would take considerable resources for us to accomplish otherwise.”

NRIC Resource Team

Supporting Nuclear Demonstration Projects

The National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) Resource Team’s mission is to support development of nuclear demonstration projects by providing technical and project planning support to innovators. The NRIC Resource Team mission aligns with NRIC’s mission to accelerate commercialization of new reactor concepts and technologies, advancing U.S. nuclear leadership.

Our Subject Matter Experts Can Assist in the Following Areas:

  • Siting
  • Fuels
  • Licensing
  • NEPA
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Infrastructure support, i.e., post-irradiation examination
  • Digital engineering
  • Safeguards and security
  • Operations and training
  • Material property and qualifications reviews
  • System analysis
  • Demonstrations

Opportunity to Engage

The NRIC Resource Team program was developed in 2020 to provide innovators equal opportunity to engage with participating laboratory subject matter experts and technologies. Approved projects must demonstrate sufficient commitment and progress, as well as reasonable assurance that the team, partners and affiliates will meet export control requirements.

The initial NRIC Resource Team established resources at Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2021, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Lab joined the team.

Funded Project Planning Support

NRIC’s Resource Team support is available to all qualifying organizations equally and will engage to provide information on NRIC and laboratory capabilities. NRIC will also assist reactor designers, as requested, in identifying work packages and developing plans for their proposals.

Access to this resource will be available to organizations that provide NRIC with the following:

  • Preconceptual design document
  • Preliminary work breakdown structure for demonstrating an advanced nuclear energy technology or a technology that enables advanced nuclear energy demonstration.

If given initial approval, an application form and scope of work are required.

Additional notes on resource team function

  • Upon approval, refine scope as needed between the organization and subject matter experts
  • An approved organization will have 200 hours of support from the assigned subject matter experts NRIC Resource Team approval is through the fiscal year, ending Oct. 1 of the year of approval
  • Organizations may have one NRIC Resource Team per advanced nuclear reactor design per year
  • Organizations may apply for NRIC Resource Team support each fiscal year
  • Organizations must provide input on their program experience for inclusion in the NRIC Annual Report

Feedback from Innovators

Global Energy Research Associates (GERA)

“As a result of the NRIC FY-21 grant, GERA has made progress obtaining independent ACE Engine technology performance capabilities confirmation. This independent ACE Engine V&V effort, coupled with the modest government support, has helped build stakeholder confidence and allowed GERA to continue on a path toward commercialization. This grant also helped identify a few potential ongoing collaboration opportunities with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which we hope to explore in the future.”

MicroNuclear

“I wanted to take this opportunity to again thank you for facilitating NRIC support for our reactor development toward demonstration and provide an update on progress. As you know, Argonne National Laboratory is constructing a SAM model of our Molten Salt Nuclear Battery design with the support of Dr.’s Hua and Hu. Information critical to model construction has been discussed and transmitted. Valuable technical feedback and questions have prompted us to conduct further design optimization evaluations and improvement opportunities.”

Radiant Nuclear

“NRIC Resource Team support has been critical in the design progress made by Radiant in 2021 and is the single most flexible and rapid federal support we have experienced to date. Most federal support requires several months to write a proposal, review it, negotiate, and more time up front also to identify a proposal that aligns with the work to be done. This model can cause a year delay between a good idea and a result, greatly slowing product development progress. NRIC hours are the opposite. They can be deployed immediately and have allowed Radiant to engage with subject matter experts at labs to review material properties, simulation and validation models, and qualification risk assessments in many areas of our reactor design.”

Westinghouse Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR)

“With this letter I wanted to provide feedback on the consulting services that are being offered by U.S. national laboratory personnel to the Westinghouse Lead Fast Reactor (LFR) program, as part of the initiative sponsored by the US-DOE National Reactor Innovation Center. The Westinghouse-LFR program is benefitting from these consulting services as they allow Westinghouse personnel to directly interact with leading experts in selected areas of plant modeling and development. These interactions enable Westinghouse to obtain information and recommendations based on the know-how and overall experience of these individuals, beyond what can be collected through already-existing collaborations or general networking. These leading experts contributed to filling some knowledge gaps, supporting analyses and de-risking development activities that Westinghouse is planning to carry out as part of LFR development.”

Kairos Power

“NRIC Resource Team expects to be fully engaged in September to complete Kairos’s requested scope. Kairos did provide feedback on other NRIC support to illustrate they expect the same value from the NRT. Both of our NRIC partnerships have provided valuable interactions in understanding the scope of some technical challenges, where the researchers are clear leaders in their technical area, and where access to other knowledgeable technical experts is very limited. We look forward to continued engagement with these experts in executing on analytical and experimental programs that would take considerable resources for us to accomplish otherwise.”