Wyoming and INL Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Advanced Nuclear Development and Deployment : Nuclear Policies

May 09, 2022

The State of Wyoming has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Batelle Energy Alliance, the operating contractor of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to collaborate on research, development, demonstration and the deployment of advanced energy technologies with particular emphasis on advanced nuclear.

The MoU was signed by Wyoming Energy Authority Director Glen Murrell (left) and INL Laboratory Director John Wagner (Image: INL)

the Protocol of agreement’The goal is to leverage the strategies, capabilities, knowledge, partnerships, and activities of INL and Wyoming stakeholders for the benefit of Wyoming and the United States, placing Wyoming at the forefront of energy technologies advancements, applications and workforce leadership.

“Put simply, we seek to collaboratively develop a pathway to global leadership in a low-carbon economy,” he says.

“Wyoming is endowed with a rich endowment of natural resources that have been central to its economy for decades,” the MoU states, describing this energy economy as an economic bedrock for Wyoming that has also played an important role. in America’s energy and economy. security for most of the last century. “As markets and societal demands change, it is increasingly important that Wyoming’s energy economy evolves and transforms the way it delivers energy and manufactures energy-based products to its customers. consumers.”

Specific areas of interest highlighted by the MoU include, among others, advanced nuclear technology; the nuclear fuel cycle from cradle to grave; production, transport, consumption and industrial applications of hydrogen; and other advanced energy systems, through a regional to global approach. The MoU also encourages cooperation to provide training and education for workers in the uranium and nuclear industries.

TerraPower announced in November 2021 the selection of Kemmerer, Wyoming as the preferred site for its Natrium Advanced Reactor Demonstration Project. The memorandum of understanding, which will be in place for five years, demonstrates Wyoming’s continued commitment to providing solutions to a changing global marketplace that is increasingly shifting towards decarbonized products, according to the Governor of Wyoming, Mark Gordon.

“While the Natrium project is a good start, my intention is that we will also be able to establish a sophisticated and advanced nuclear industry and manufacturing capability using Wyoming uranium, Wyoming technology and Wyoming workers. “, did he declare. “This Memorandum of Understanding will contribute to that effort.”

The agreement “formalizes and structures” the relationship between INL and Wyoming, said Glen Murrell, executive director of the Wyoming Energy Authority. “INL’s expertise and impartiality will play a critical role in the continued execution of Wyoming’s overall energy strategy,” he added.

INL is the US Department of Energy’s national laboratory for nuclear energy research and development. Battelle Energy Alliance recently launched a request for information on options to reduce its energy-related emissions, including the design, construction and operation of an on-site nuclear reactor to help the laboratory achieve zero emissions. of carbon by 2031.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

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