The Energy Department has issued a new policy framework regulating cooperation between the U.S. and China concerning the sharing of civilian nuclear technology. The DoE said on Thursday that the new framework was developed due to concerns that China may be attempting to acquire nuclear technology from U.S. companies in such a manner that is, in the words of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “outside of established processes of U.S.-China civil nuclear cooperation.”Read More »
Charles Verdon, former principal associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been sworn in as deputy administrator for defense programs at the Department of Energy‘s National Nuclear Security Administration. In his new role, he will lead the security agency's efforts to deter modern nuclear threats facing the country and manage nuclear stockpiles in collaboration with the Defense Department, the DOE said Tuesday.Read More »
President Donald Trump intends to nominate Rita Baranwal, director of the Energy Department's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear initiative, as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Baranwal previously led research and development of nuclear fuel components for naval reactors at Bechtel Bettis, the White House said Wednesday.Read More »
DHS, DOE Launch Collaborative Effort to Secure Pipelines, Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats
The departments of Homeland Security and Energy have announced in a meeting with the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council the launch of a program that aims to protect pipelines and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Chrisopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said Wednesday that the collaborative effort between NPPD, the Transportation Security Administration and DOE will provide a better understanding of the threat landscape and plan more targeted and prioritized risk management activities.
The Department of Energy is investing a maximum of $28M in research, development and demonstration efforts aiming to support U.S. energy infrastructure cybersecurity. The DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response will partner with industry to develop cyber threat mitigation, detection and prevention technologies.Read More »
The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration will proceed with the final production qualification activities of the B61-12 Life Extension Program after completing a final design review of a new B61 variant.
The department said Friday NNSA will initiate production qualification operations at its Pantex Plant within the month, then conduct phase 6.5 first production authorization in September 2019.
The Department of Energy has recently earmarked $5.8M to fund research and development initiatives in a bid to design technologies aiming to boost the resilience of the nation's power grid.Read More »
The Department of Energy has awarded 85 research contracts worth a total of $218M to academic institutions and the department’s national laboratories to conduct studies in quantum information science.
The department said Monday the contract awards align with the Trump administration’s plan to advance research in quantum computing, which could lead to innovations in computer and information processing and other technologies.
The Department of Energy is investing $21.6M to fund 10 computational software research and development projects meant to facilitate the design of chemical-based energy production processes. The projects are based on applications in computer-based chemical process modeling that is replacing traditional trial-and-error methods, the department said Wednesday.Read More »