The U.S. Department of Energy revealed plans on Oct. 25 to improve infrastructure at the Idaho National Laboratory to grow research and development on nuclear energy.
According to the World Nuclear Association, the United States produces 30% of the world’s nuclear power with 20% of the United States’ electricity coming from nuclear power.
“More than 300 commercial reactors operating around the world today can trace their roots back to Idaho National Laboratory, and these infrastructure investments allow America to continue leading the world in groundbreaking nuclear energy research and development,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a press release from the DOE.
The funding from the Inflation Reduction Act will step up infrastructure improvement at the Advanced Test Reactor over the next five years.
According to a recent DOE press release, the Advanced Test Reactor conducts research for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and provides fuels and materials testing for industry.
The Materials and Fuels Complex contributes significantly to reactor fuels research and is working to produce small quantities of high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel to support future reactor demonstrations.
Clean Energy by 2035.
Another goal for the $150 million is to help reach President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. The Inflation Reduction Act set the groundwork to help accomplish that goal by strengthening the nuclear energy sector.
“Thanks to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, DOE is taking critical steps to strengthen domestic nuclear development and deployment — helping ensure the United States is on track to reach a clean energy future,” Granholm said in a press release from the DOE.
You can find out more information in the DOE’s press release.