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Dr. Rita Baranwal

DOE Assistant Secretary for Office of Nuclear Energy

JUNE 5, 2020 at 7:30 am Eastern

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Dr. Rita Baranwal serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); she was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to perform in this role. Dr. Baranwal leads the office’s efforts to promote research and development (R&D) on existing and advanced nuclear technologies that sustain the existing …
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NSW 2020 Save the Date - POSTPONED
Although ETEC's Nuclear Suppliers Workshop has been postponed until further notice, we continue to focus on growing the nuclear supply chain, showcasing innovations in the nuclear industry, and promoting our region's nuclear assets. Please join us for the meeting with Dr. Rita Baranwal to learn about more exciting news in the nuclear industry. We have also included a few newsworthy nuclear related articles below.


TVA moves toward full 9-member board as nominees vow to support SMRs, more renewables

For the first time in nearly three years, the Tennessee Valley Authority may soon have all of its presidential appointed leaders in place to oversee America's biggest government utility. East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and former Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, nominated by President Trump to fill the two vacancies on TVA's 9-member board, and assistant attorney general Katherine Crytzer, nominated by Trump to serve as TVA's inspector general, gained the support of U.S. senators Tuesday during their confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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Nuclear Grant Projects Use GE Hitachi's SMR Technology

Advanced nuclear reactor technology developed by Wilmington-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy is being used as a guide in multi-million dollar grant projects through the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a news release. GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor, a 300-megawatt electric (MWe) water-cooled natural circulation small modular reactor (SMR), is serving as the reference design for the two projects, GE Hitachi officials said in the release.
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DOE Launches $230 Million Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the launch of the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) within the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). ARDP is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the United States.
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ORNL Team Developing 3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor Core; Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components. The Transformational Challenge Reactor Demonstration Program’s approach to nuclear energy leverages advances from ORNL in manufacturing, materials, nuclear science, nuclear engineering, high-performance computing, data analytics and related fields.
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DOE’s Baranwal: As Foreign and U.S. State Carbon Goals Come Due, U.S. Pushes Nuclear Energy Development

Though the United States is in the process of exiting the Paris Climate Agreement and has withdrawn its commitment to reduce carbon emissions, Department of Energy officials said they see a potentially lucrative market in using U.S. nuclear technology to help states and other countries meet their own commitments. Rita Baranwal, the DOE’s assistant secretary for nuclear energy, said in an interview that at this “serendipitous” moment for nuclear power the agency is working to meet the global push for more clean energy with advanced technologies, new financing options and fuel take-backs.
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UT, TVA Sign Agreement on Advance Nuclear Reactor Demonstration

The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the development of a new generation of cost-effective, advanced nuclear reactors, such as small modular reactors, at TVA’s 935-acre Clinch River Nuclear Site in Roane County. TVA has not made a decision to build and would first need approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a specific design.
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