Idaho Natl Lab Reactivates Transient Reactor Test Facility

The Energy Department‘s Idaho National Laboratory has resumed operation at the Transient Reactor Test facility that was built to test nuclear reactor fuels and substances in extreme conditions.

DOE said Wednesday it closed and placed the TREAT facility on standby status in 1994.

The TREAT reactor is designed to generate energy five times the intensity of a commercial power plant and to help researchers study the performance of fuel products.

The Idaho National Laboratory reactivated its TREAT system after the facility completed inspection, refurbishment and assessment of reactor technology.

DOE noted the laboratory aims to resume transient experiments at the facility next year.

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