Battelle to develop and deploy the VTR

29 November 2019

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC has announced a partnership opportunity for the development and deployment of a new U.S. Department of Energy facility for fast neutron testing: the Versatile Test Reactor.

Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) is the managing and operating contractor for the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The VTR is a state-of-the-art research and development facility that creates the conditions necessary to test how well fuels, materials, and sensors endure when battered with radiation in the form of fast neutrons.

BEA is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from industry stakeholders interested in forming a partnership for a cost-sharing arrangement to design and construct the VTR. The scope could include development and deployment of the VTR, other uses of VTR capabilities beyond just advanced reactor design and licensing, reducing the cost and schedule risk of new nuclear plant design and construction, and other compatible uses of VTR capabilities.

Construction could begin as soon as 2022 with operations commencing in 2026. The test reactor would be authorized by the DOE.

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