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CAES July 2023 Newsletter

CAES REU Program Over Halfway Done

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The Center for Advanced Energy Studies Advanced Manufacturing for a Sustainable Energy Future Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Participants is officially halfway complete! Continuing the path set by CAES last year, the program has gotten off to a great start for 2023. The ten REU students have settled into the groove of research and are achieving significant results. The increased involvement from mentors this year has been stellar; we’ve had several REU students rave about the hands-on experience. We’re in the final stretches of their work and the CAES environment is as sizzling as energy.

Dr. Brian Jaques Presents at ANIMMA Conference

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Congratulations to CAES Fellow, Brian Jaques who had the opportunity to present some collaborative research on the effects of stabilization heat treatments on mechanistic phenomena of high temperature irradiation resistant thermocouples (HTIR-TCs) at the Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications (ANIMMA) conference in Lucca, Italy. Thanks to all the hard work by students Scott Riley, Kyle Holloway and collaborator Richard Skifton as well as the US DOE Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Program. This work is part of Scott Riley’s dissertation research.

DOE Awards $26 Million to Support Consent-Based Siting for Spent Nuclear Fuel

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Congratulations to Prof. Kathy Araujo and the CAES Energy Policy Institute team for winning and leading a DOE Gov Nuclear consortium award in support of consent-based siting for spent nuclear fuel.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $26 million in funding for groups of university, nonprofit, and private-sector partners that will work with communities interested in DOE’s community-centered approach to storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel, a process known as consent-based siting. DOE, along with these consortia, will continue working with communities to ensure transparency and local support. At the same time, DOE is also advancing research and development for the long-term disposition of the fuel used to create nuclear power, a critical component of reaching President Biden’s goals of a 100% clean electric grid by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050.

The project teams will each receive about $2 million and represent diverse organizations, a makeup that DOE hopes will enable a broad spectrum of perspectives and approaches.

Full DOE Award article

Open Additive 3D Metal Printer

Congratulations to the teams at CAES Energy on getting the Open Additive 3D metal printer operational and demonstrating its capabilities! This was a huge collaborative effort to bring 3D metal printing capabilities to Idaho’s research institutions!

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