Columbia Basin Consulting Group, based in Kennewick, Wash., is developing a lead bismuth-cooled fast reactor concept. With new funding from the Department of Energy, they will draw on PNNL's extensive experience working with liquid metal-cooled fast reactors as well as its knowledge of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing process. The new reactors will operate at near atmospheric pressure with additional safety features... read more.
Scientists from around the world are set to tackle technical challenges at the Newberry Geothermal Test Facility. A September workshop looks to develop a proposal to drill at the ready-to-use facility in Central Oregon. The workshop is funded by the International Continental Drilling Program and additional funding sources will be identified at the workshop...
A review by PNNL researchers finds that an improved carbon capture technology that uses about half the energy of today's standard technologies can increase U.S. energy production. "Water-lean" solvents are the focus of the review, which found that these next-generation solvents pull out enough carbon from power plant emissions to make it cost-effective, requiring half as much energy as traditional solvents... read more.
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