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Research and Development


Open-Source Technology Benefits Transmission and Distribution Operators

The term “open source" is well-recognized in the technology world, but may not be as widely understood in other sectors. What open source means is that the software code is…



Wyoming Coal Power Plant May Host Natrium Advanced Nuclear Demonstration

Bill Gates’ nuclear innovation startup TerraPower and Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp are looking to site a federally backed demonstration of their 345-MWe Natrium advanced nuclear reactor system at a…


How Thermal Power Plants Can Save 80% of Their Water

An adiabatic cooling tower system can save great amounts of water at power plants compared to typical wet-type cooling towers. While there are challenges to implementation, understanding how these systems…


Are NRC Fees Limiting Innovation in the Nuclear Industry?

As multiple advanced reactor vendors enter the licensing process to build first-of-a-kind demonstration projects, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA)—a nonprofit “think-and-do tank” that supports the nuclear power industry—has said issues…


Advanced Technology, Innovative Solutions Enhance Nuclear Operations and Maintenance

Incorporating new technology and solutions being used by others could help nuclear power plant staff improve operations and maintenance practices. Nuclear power plants face many challenges. Monitoring heat exchangers for…


How the Department of Energy Is Helping Keep Nuclear Power Relevant

In the decade following World War II, the U.S. government took a keen interest in helping to create a commercial nuclear power industry. Although there were military leaders and members…