Modern TRISO fuel designs are under consideration for an assortment of advanced reactors, including high-temperature reactors and microreactors, and even as accident-tolerant fuel for light water reactors. Read More
The U.S. Senate today confirmed Jennifer Granholm as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Secretary Granholm is the former Attorney General and Governor of Michigan. Read More
The restart of our TRISO line positions BWXT as the only company in the U.S. that is currently executing production contracts for TRISO fuel. Read more
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $160 Million in First Awards under Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. Read More
Alloy 617 is not a new material, but it made the news after Idaho National Laboratory announced that it was recently added to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for high-temperature nuclear applications, bringing the total number of qualified high-temperature materials to six. Read More
When Navigating Nuclear’s latest virtual field trip (VFT) debuted online in February during Engineers Week, students in classrooms around the country learned about nuclear advancements happening right now at Idaho National Laboratory, on technologies including advanced reactors, TRISO fuel, and space power systems. Read more
The initial startup of the Fort St. Vrain station finally happened on January 31, 1974, which was roughly one month after the station had received an operating license from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Read more
In the last half of 1968, Public Service of Colorado obtained the necessary approvals from the US Atomic Energy Commission and from the Colorado Public Service Commission to begin the actual construction of its Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station. Read more
We continue this look at original materials covering America's second commercial High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) with the examination of components of the NSSS, or Nuclear Steam Supply System. Read more
One of the important design goals for the Fort St. Vrain reactor – really, the second-generation high temperature gas cooled reactor – was to create a core design that would be more compact than that actually used at Peach Bottom. An innovative design was developed using stacked reactor-grade graphite modular blocks which incorporated fuel rods that contained coated fuel particles. Read more
The Fort St. Vrain project was innovative in more than one respect, and while it did not blaze the trail in HTGR (High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor) commercialization – a feat accomplished by the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station – it did considerably advance the technology toward full commercial operation and duplication on a wide scale through some significant design changes. One of the most interesting of these was the use of a prestressed concrete reactor vessel (PCRV) for the reactor itself and primary components instead of a steel vessel. Read more
What became the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station began as a study almost two decades before the plant was completed and led to years of effort to construct a commercial high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear power plant. Read more
Dr. Yujie Dong is a Professor in Nuclear Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China he will be presenting a Webinar Series 17: Design, Safety Features and Progress of the HTR-PM. Read more
The pressure vessel head has been installed at one of the two high-temperature gas-cooled reactor units that make up the demonstration HTR-PM plant under construction at Shidaowan in China's Shandong province. Read more
An advanced technology that uses nuclear energy to produce high temperature heat for industry could be an important tool in cutting carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, said experts at an IAEA roundtable discussion today. The technology, which is expected to be deployable in coming years, could add to low carbon energy sources for use for transportation and a number of industrial applications requiring high temperature heat. Read article.
China is moving rapidly towards using nuclear power as an industrial heat source and as a direct replacement for coal, Yulong Wu, CEO of Chinergy, told a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference 09/19/2017. Read more
INL Neutron Radiography Reactor re-irradiates fuel to enable safety analyses.
The loading of spherical moderator elements has begun at China's Shidaowan HTR-PM - a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project. The unit is scheduled to begin operating later this year.
X-energy, LLC has pebbles to burn. Last week, the company announced that it has started the conceptual design phase for its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled (HTGR) pebble bed modular reactor. Read Article.
X-energy yesterday announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor, following a review of the company's readiness by an external panel of industry experts. Read more
Dr. Carl Sink, DOE-NE presents a Description and History of HTGRs, HTGR Safety Design Approach, HTGRs for Cogeneration and Process Heat, and Why HTGRS?
A small modular nuclear reactor to replace coal plants could be on the market within 5 years. In 2014, the Generation IV international forum confirmed the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) as one of 6 promising reactor technologies that should be pursued in order to develop advanced reactors suitable for deployment in the 2030’s.
In an innovative partnership tiny X-Energy, a start-up, has teamed with one of America’s biggest nuclear utilities, Southern Co., to collaborate on the development and commercialization of the design of a high temperature gas-cooled reactor.