U.S. Department of Energy announces $27 million for advanced nuclear reactor operation and maintenance technology

May 14, 2020
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by Benjamin Torda
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The funding will go to nine projects under Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) GEMINA program. Specifically, the focus is to develop digital twin technology using AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection to reduce O&M costs tenfold in the next generation of nuclear power plants and make reactors more flexible in the face of rising renewable penetrations. Clients, advanced nuclear reactors based on novel reactor and power plant designs will certainly face new and unexpected operational challenges and thus O&M cost concerns. This announcement is an important step toward improving the odds that advanced reactors, once commercialized, can compete with incumbent thermal power assets.

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