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NASA Tests Nuclear Power System to be Used for Mars Missions

NASA has performed tests at the Department of Energy‘s Nevada National Security Site for a compact nuclear power system built to support long missions conducted on Mars, Reuters reported Friday. The testing began November 2017 as part of NASA’s Kilopower effort in aims to provide energy capacities that will support human and robotic missions …

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Chanette Armstrong Appointed to Lead DOE Office of Technology Transitions

Chanette Armstrong, a registered patent attorney, has joined the Energy Department as director of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions. DOE said Monday Armstrong will coordinate technology transition efforts across department-backed national laboratories, research facilities and program offices, as well as oversee the Energy Investor Center and Technology Commercialization Fund. She will also advise …

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DOE Announces Solicitation for Nuclear Reactor Technologies

The Department of Energy has announced solicitation proposals for the development of nuclear reactors and supplementary technologies in aims to promote the use of nuclear power in the U.S. DOE said Friday it will open a five-year application period for interested potential contractors and conduct selection processes quarterly. The Department plans …

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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 …

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Legislation Calls for Interagency Effort to Secure Power Grid

Rep. Ami Bera (D-California) has proposed a bill that would authorize the creation of an interagency research and development program to secure the country’s power grid systems from cyber attacks. The Grid Cybersecurity Research and Development Act would require coordination between the departments of Energy and Homeland Security, the National Institute …

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DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

The Energy Department has launched a funding opportunity with a potential $20 million endowment for projects that will work to advance nuclear reactor technology. DOE said Friday the projects will support the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy‘s Modeling Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration program that aims to identify and develop technologies that facilitate …

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DOE Vet Bill Valdez Appointed President of Senior Executives Association; Barbara Pabotoy Comments

The Senior Executives Association has named Bill Valdez, a former director at the Energy Department and senior adviser at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, as president of the Washington-based nonprofit that represents many senior-level federal executives. Valdez joined SEA in 2000 and previously served as chair of the board of directors from …

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DOE Unveils $40M Clean Energy Initiative, Energy Materials Network

The Energy Department has launched a Solar National Laboratory initiative for clean energy called Energy Materials Network. The department said Wednesday EMN received $40 million in federal funds and was introduced at a White House event co-sponsored by DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House National Economic …

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Warren Kibbe: DOE, NCI Plan Pilot to Use Supercomputers for Cancer Research

The Energy Department and National Cancer Institute will continue to work together to plan the utilization of large-scale computing in cancer research and clinical treatment. Warren Kibbe, director of the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, wrote in an article published Wednesday that NCI and DOE have partnered with DOE’s Exascale Computing Initiative …

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