The Department of Energy has opened a center to help industry develop advanced nuclear energy technologies with the support of national laboratories. DOE said Thursday its new National Reactor Innovation Center will help private firms demonstrate nuclear reactor concepts to accelerate licensing and commercialization of resulting technologies.
“By bringing industry together with our national labs and university partners, we can enhance our energy independence and position the U.S. as a global leader in advanced nuclear innovation," said Rick Perry, secretary of Energy.
The center's establishment supports the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act that intends to support the civilian research and development on nuclear energy. Idaho National Laboratory will lead the newly established center.