Next-Generation Metal Fuel



Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$1,599,571
Location:
Idaho Falls,
Idaho
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
01/01/2020 - 12/31/2021

Critical Need:

This topic would leverage innovations supporting nuclear energy for the development of technologies that will reduce the cost of nuclear energy. These projects seek to develop advancements in nuclear facility sensors, tools, analytics and controls. The next generation of nuclear reactor plants needs innovative, safe, and secure technologies to supplement advanced reactor designs. A variety of advanced nuclear reactor designs are being developed in the U.S., and they require a variety of design options to meet future market needs.

Project Innovation + Advantages:

INL and its partners are proposing a next generation metal fuel in support of a megawatt-scale compact fast reactor – being developed by Oklo Inc – that is uniquely sized for off-grid applications. The team seeks to develop a fuel with a demonstrated production process and validated performance that incorporates engineered porosity to absorb and retain produced gasses, allowing for higher operating temperatures, as well as a diffusion barrier between the fuel alloy and the cladding to avoid material degradation, which removes the need for the complicated-to-manufacture sodium bond between fuel and cladding.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Zak Fang
Project Contact:
Dr. Michael Benson
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
michael.benson@inl.gov

Partners

Oregon State University

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Release Date:
05/30/2019