Energy Research at Idaho National Laboratory: Nuclear energy and integrated energy systems for the nation’s low-carbon energy future

  • March 15, 2023, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Marianne Walck, Idaho National Lab
  • Chris Stoughton
  • Video

As the nation moves toward a new paradigm for the low-carbon energy system of the future, the role of nuclear energy is at a turning point.  The future system requires an integrated approach that uses all available sources to produce electricity, fuels, and heat for the full spectrum of applications, including commercial uses, buildings, and heavy-duty transportation. The need for clean baseload power in this system is increasingly recognized, as grid-scale long-term energy storage is yet to be achieved.   As the Department of Energy’s nuclear energy R&D national laboratory, INL is taking a leadership role in developing and demonstrating innovative nuclear systems for the future that will provide clean electric power and high-grade heat for integrated energy systems, as well as small reactors that can provide application-specific power and heat.  The presentation will describe INL’s initiatives and programs in nuclear power and in developing integrated energy systems for the nation’s clean energy future.