The outcome of these workshops will be a consolidated report summarizing the technical discussions and a consensus of ideas. The report will provide the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) with specific suggestions for the nation's nuclear energy Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) programs.
What Kind of Innovation Will Benefit Nuclear Energy?Innovation in nuclear energy encompasses a number of categories. Each has an important role to play in nuclear energy's future, especially when they are optimally combined toward a specific commercialization goal. The DOE-NE R&D roadmap presents a comprehensive set of programs at a strategic level that supports this vision. Some examples from existing DOE programs in each category are listed below. The workshops organized by Idaho National Laboratory will focus on technical issues associated with innovation leading to rapid commercialization. However, policy issues also affect innovation and often drive its need and nature. The workshops are not focused on policy issues unless policy considerations directly affect one or more of the technical categories discussed below: