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Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART)  is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Here at INL, work is focused specifically on developing a High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR), which will offer enhancements in safety and efficiency. This HTGR has a modularized design, which enables plants with larger power demands to simply build more than one module.  Modularization requires no extra design work and increases safety and efficiency by allowing a singular module to run or be stopped at any given time in the event of an incident or a changing need for power. HTGRs also produce process heat during operation, making them ideal for location near other industrial plants that could put this process heat to use in their own production and thus reduce the need for non-renewable energy sources upon which these plants currently rely.

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AGR567.jpgFinal AGR-5/6/7 Fuel Experiment
  
4/2/2018 7:36 AMJodi L. Vollmer
The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) 5/6/7 tristructural isotropic  fuels experiment test train, which represents the final set of AGR experiments at Idaho National Laboratory, began irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor on February 16, 2018.
The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) 5/6/7 tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuels experiment test train, which represents the final set of AGR experiments at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), began irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) on February 16, 2018. The AGR TRISO Fuels Program irradiation experiment series will provide important data to support fuel qualification and fuel performance margin tests, leading to subsequent licensing of fuel for high-temperature gas reactors
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/AGR567_Test_Train.pdf
DemkowiczPaul.pngART TDO Engineer Dr. Paul Demkowicz
  
4/2/2018 11:39 AMJodi L. Vollmer
Dr. Paul Demkowicz is a Distinguished Staff Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Dr. Paul Demkowicz is a Distinguished Staff Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory, where he has worked for the last 14 years. His current focus is on the development and characterization of fuels for advanced nuclear reactors. Dr. Demkowicz is the technical lead for the US DOE Advanced Gas Reactor fuel development and qualification program. This program is fabricating, irradiating, and performing post-irradiation examination and safety testing on tristructural isotropic coated particle fuel, with the goal of qualifying this fuel form for use in high temperature gas-cooled reactors. The results of this ongoing effort have received international attention for the noteworthy technical successes and dramatic demonstration of superb fuel performance under extreme temperatures. He holds a BS degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington and MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.
HTR History.JPGHistory of High Temperature Reactors
  
3/1/2018 2:39 PMJodi L. Vollmer
The idea of a nuclear reactor operating at high temperature was first conceived in the early days of nuclear power plant development.
The idea of a nuclear reactor operating at high temperature (>700C) was first conceived in the early days of nuclear power plant development and government programs were instituted to develop the fuels, materials, and power conversion systems that could withstand these temperatures.
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/HTR_History.pdf
TRISO_Particle.pngOverview of HTR Technology Development and Deployment
  
3/1/2018 2:47 PMJodi L. Vollmer
Overview of High Temperature Reactor Technology Development and Deployment
Overview of High Temperature Reactor Technology Development and Deployment
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/HTR_Development.pdf
  
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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. To read full article see World Nuclear News.
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. To read full article see World Nuclear News http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-First-HTR-PM-vessel-head-in-place-0401185.html
  
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. To read full article see World Nuclear News.
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. To read full article see World Nuclear News. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Fuel-loading-starts-at-Chinese-demonstration-HTGR-0704175.html
  
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. To read full article see International Atomic Energy Agency.
  
Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE American: LEU), an experienced nuclear fuel technology company, has signed a services contract with X Energy, LLC (X-energy) to support the design of a facility to produce advanced nuclear fuel. The contract builds upon a memorandum of understanding the companies signed in September 2017 to collaborate toward production of fuel for advanced nuclear reactors.
Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE American: LEU), an experienced nuclear fuel technology company, has signed a services contract with X Energy, LLC (X-energy) to support the design of a facility to produce advanced nuclear fuel. The contract builds upon a memorandum of understanding the companies signed in September 2017 to collaborate toward production of fuel for advanced nuclear reactors. Under the agreement, Centrus will provide X-energy, a pioneering reactor technology and fuel company, with technical expertise and resources to support conceptual design of a facility to produce X-energy’s uranium oxycarbide (UCO) tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel forms.
To read full article https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180328005516/en/

 

 

FY-18 ART Gas-Cooled Reactors Campaign Program Review116809May 8TrueThe ART Gas-Cooled Reactors Campaign is planning to hold its FY-18 annual program review for two full days on May 8-9, 2018 on the INL campus at the Energy Innovation Laboratory (EIL). AGR Fuels, Methods and International Collaborations will be included in the review, as well as a poster session for NEUPs. Advanced Materials will be conducted as a separate program review in June, arranged by Sam Sham, since that work cross-cuts multiple reactor campaigns.3/8/2018 2:43:16 PMhttps://art.inl.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspxFalse
High Temperature Reactor Symposium355528May 10TrueThe High Temperature Reactor (HTR) Symposium will provide a forum for senior HTR stakeholders and clean energy advocates to assess the state of the technology and its prospects for near-term deployment. A concentrated effort will be made to engage vendors and give them the opportunity to share their efforts and visions. Representatives from Third Way, Environmental Progress, and other clean energy advocates will be brought together with HTR vendors and potential users to discuss honestly the challenges to, and potential for, commercial deployment. The goal will be to inform, engage, and give stakeholders the3/8/2018 2:28:52 PMhttps://art.inl.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspxFalse
IAEA CRP on HTGR Uncertainties366690May 21TruePresent and represent U.S. at the final research Coordination Meeting (RCM) on the IAEA Coordinated Research program on HTGR uncertainties in modeling.3/28/2018 4:15:42 PMhttps://art.inl.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspxFalse
INL Common Friday Off402315May 11True3/15/2018 8:35:03 PMhttps://art.inl.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspxFalse
HTR 2018355530Oct 8TrueThe international conference focused on High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGR) technology.3/28/2018 4:45:47 PMhttps://art.inl.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspxFalse