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INL Research Programs Videos - 0 views

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    The pressing challenge for nuclear energy sets the context for INL's strategy. We will create a technically achievable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable nuclear energy option for the nation that is worthy of public confidence and trust.
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INL Career Videos - 0 views

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    INL is home to one of the largest concentrations of technical professionals in the northern Rocky Mountain region and has some of the most advanced research programs in the world.
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INL Facilities - 1 views

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    Also located on the INL Site, the Advanced Test Reactor Complex is dedicated to research supporting Department of Energy missions, including nuclear technology research. It will be the focal point for designing, testing and proving the new technologies of the nuclear renaissance.
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Experimental Breeder Reactor-I - 1 views

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    On Dec. 20, 1951, the first historic experiment at EBR-I began. The reactor was started up and the power gradually increased over several hours. At 1:50 p.m., the first usable amount of electricity ever generated from nuclear power began flowing from the turbine generator. Four light bulbs glowed brightly to inaugurate the birth of nuclear-generated power. The next day, the experiment was repeated, and sufficient electricity to power the EBR-I building was generated.
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Generation IV Nuclear Technology - 1 views

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    Eleven members have joined together in the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), agreeing on a framework for international cooperation in research. The goal is to develop future-generation nuclear energy systems that can be licensed, constructed, and operated in an economically competitive way while addressing the issues of safety, proliferation, and other public perception concerns.
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Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) - 1 views

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    The VHTR system is designed to be a high-efficiency system that can supply process heat to a broad spectrum of high-temperature and energy-intensive, nonelectric processes.
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Supercritical-Water-Cooled Reactor (SCWR) - 1 views

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    The SCWR system is primarily designed for efficient electricity production, with the capability for actinide management depending on the core design. The SCWR can be designed as either a thermal or fast-spectrum reactor.
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Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) - 1 views

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    The SFR is designed for management of high-level wastes and, in particular, management of plutonium and other actinides.
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CO2 Sequestration with Enhanced Coal Bed Methane Recovery - 0 views

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    Recent efforts in reducing the carbon content in fuels and improving the energy efficiency can certainly help in reducing the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. However, large-scale carbon sequestration will definitely be required to achieve the U.S. national goal of reducing green house gas emissions from 1530 million tons of carbon equivalent (tce) in 2002 to 1255 million tce in 2012.
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Cold Crucible Induction Melting - 1 views

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    This melter inductively heats an electrically conductive susceptor (graphite in this case) to start a melt. As melting propagates through the feed, the susceptor is consumed. Water-cooling of the crucible causes a thin frozen layer, or shell, to form inside the melter's walls. Thus the CCIM can achieve melt temperatures up to at least 3000°C while maintaining the melt in a solid containment shell of the feed composition. The shell, or "skull," isolates the melt from the crucible that is maintained at ambient conditions. These conditions eliminate the need for glass contact refractory and concern over material corrosion and temperature limitations.
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Chemicals and Fuels from Whole-Crop Utilization - 0 views

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    INL personnel are developing small-grain crop strains, advanced grain harvesting equipment, and bioprocessing systems for converting grain straw into added-value materials. Renewable feedstocks such as wheat straw are used to economically produce chemicals. Naturally occurring microorganisms can convert these low-value residuals into building blocks for use in forming industrial chemicals.
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Atoms for Peace in the 21st Century - 0 views

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    To meet future energy needs, 10 countries - Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States - have created a framework for international cooperation in research to develop future-generation nuclear energy systems. These countries, together with the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM), have formed the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to develop a new generation of advanced systems.
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Advanced Separation Technologies - 0 views

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    The Separations Team specializes in liquid-liquid centrifuges known as annular centrifugal contactors. These patented devices are designed to replace multiple tanks, mixer settlers, and countercurrent columns in solvent extraction processes that have fast kinetics (when the transfer of the desired material from one liquid phase to another happens in a few seconds). On an even broader scope, this technology is being used to convert industrial processes from batch to continuous in separation, washing, extraction and reaction operations.
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Computational Engineering & Simulation Laboratory - 0 views

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    The goal of this research to develop predictive computational and experimental methods and tools for use in designing and evaluating biomass handling, fractionation and separation, and preprocessing technologies that are necessary to reduce the cost and increase the quality of biorefinery feedstocks.
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Hot Fuel Examination Facility - 0 views

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    HFEF provides support to a variety of programs including, but not limited to, the Advanced Fuel Cycle

    Initiative (AFCI), Generation IV technologies and Space Nuclear programs. It includes nondestructive

    examination, such as dimensional measurements and neutron radiography and destructive examination, such as

    mechanical testing or metallographic/ceramographic characterization.
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Xtreme Xylanase Discovery Aims to Revolutionize Biorefineries - 1 views

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    The metabolic versatility of this enzyme will enable economic enzyme production, biomass pretreatment process versatility, and significant equipment and operational cost savings that could make affordable cellulosic ethanol a reality.
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Ultrastable Catalase Enzyme from Yellowstone Bacteria - 1 views

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    In one of Yellowstone National Park's hot springs lives a type of bacterium called Thermus brockianus, which produces an enzyme that can make industrial bleaching cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
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Environmental & Natural Resource Management - 0 views

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    INL has core competencies including applied engineering of chemical processes, advanced aqueous separations technologies; process off-gas monitoring and control; and managing, processing, and disposing of the nation's most challenging waste streams and radiological materials.
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Energy Systems and Technologies - 1 views

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    Idaho National Laboratory's role and mission is to develop and advance clean, smart and secure energy systems essential to national security, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. This includes pioneering the field of carbon management and finding new ways to produce energy while advancing carbon-neutral energy development using hybrid energy systems - and researching principles related to energy/water challenges.
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Biological Sciences - 1 views

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    INL has invented and deployed sampling tools and techniques to obtain biological material (e.g., extremophiles) under unusual but prevailing natural environmental conditions. Determining the physiological and molecular characteristics of extremophilic microorganisms are important to many INL projects.
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