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New reactor on Campus? UIUC's choice for research, education, and training
The microreactor project was featured in the April 2022 edition of Nuclear News. Assembled by a consortium of NPRE faculty, the article outlined the unique opportunities that the project offers for both the University of Illinois and the nuclear industry at large. Reactor prototype testing, workforce development, utilization of microreactor markets, and many more aspects were discussed.
“A clean, sustainable energy future will be made possible
through safe, peaceful uses of nuclear power. Microreactors
are a necessary option as we look to decarbonization
beyond just the centralized electric grid. Our institutions,
whose mission is focused on learning, discovery, engagement,
and economic development, are perfectly aligned
to support these pressing needs and deliver on this reality. . .” (as cited in Nuclear News, April 2022).
Several universities to experiment with micro nuclear power
"Small but meaningful amounts of electricity — nearly enough to run a small campus, a hospital or a military complex, for example — will pulse from a new generation of micronuclear reactors. Now, some universities are taking interest." (as cited in AP News, 2023).
USNC Celebrates PFM Grand Opening
Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation will be hosting the grand opening of their Pilot Fuel Manufacturing facility near Oak Ridge National Lab and Knoxville, Tennessee. This represents a major milestone in the fuel production and fabrication timeline for the company's MMR Energy System, which utilizes Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel.
Find older news articles released from the project team, NRC, or other media below.
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishes an Overview of New Nuclear, Including the UIUC Project
"Over the last several years, Congress has passed multi-pronged policy initiatives and provided billions of dollars in funding to spur the deployment of “advanced” nuclear reactors, and a sprawling array of projects are now in progress." (as cited in AIP, 2022).
UIUC and others join EPRI’s NuIdea Initiative as it seeks to move nuclear power into district energy market
"The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has launched the Nuclear in District Energy Applications (NuIdea) Initiative to support the use of nuclear power in district energy systems. The new program, which is part of the EPRI’s Nuclear Beyond Electricity Initiative, has the goal of promoting microreactors (up to 10 MW) for heating, cooling, and power applications in institutional settings by 2026 . . . " (as cited in ANS Nuclear Cafe, 2022).
Illinois Microreactor Demonstration Project featured at American Nuclear Society meeting
“We aren't planning to play with neutrons and gamma rays,” Brooks said. “That hasn't been our focus here. We're interested in the research that's necessary to see a distributed energy source like a microreactor become widely adoptable and widely economic. So, we're looking at operations, instrumentation and controls, and the enabling and synergistic technologies that are necessary...”
Nuclear News - December 13, 2021
Micro-reactor project continues pace toward becoming a reality
"Over the summer, UIUC submitted a Letter of Intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to apply for a license to construct a research and test reactor facility on the UIUC campus. The submission of the Letter of Intent was the first step in NRC’s two-step process to license a new reactor, including a process of public hearings on the proposed project for full transparency. The first of those meetings was held in October . . ."
Phillip Kisubika - November 11, 2021
UIUC submits Letter of Intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to apply for micro-reactor license
"The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has submitted a Letter of Intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to apply for a license to construct a research and test reactor facility on the UIUC campus. The submission of the Letter of Intent (Project No. 99902094) is the first step in NRC’s two-step process to license a new reactor, including a process of public hearings on the proposed project for full transparency . . ."
Phillip Kisubika - June 28, 2021
Illinois Energy Professor discusses microreactor technology
Professor David N. Ruzic of Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois featured microreactors on his YouTube channel, Illinois EnergyProf. Ruzic is an Abel Bliss professor in NPRE and the director of the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions (CPMI).
Here are some articles about nuclear power, SMR development, alternative energy sources, and studies that are connected to our project.
- Advanced Small Modular Reactors
- Public support for nuclear energy is highest among plant neighbors
- Kairos Commissions Molten Salt Coolant Production Plant for High-Temperature Nuclear Reactors
- DoD to Build Project Pele Mobile Microreactor and Perform Demonstration at Idaho National Laboratory
- Copper Valley Electric Partners with Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation to perform Feasibility Study of a Micro Modular Reactor (MMR®) Energy System in Alaska
- US university plans to build microreactor
- What is a Microreactor?
- Advanced Nuclear Energy: Frequently Asked Questions for Community Stakeholders
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- A small reactor to bring power to remote locations
- The Ultimate Fast Facts Guide to Nuclear Energy
- Nuclear Energy Factsheet - University of Michigan
- Nuclear by the Numbers
- Biden calls for 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. Here’s how far we have to go.
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