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CAES September 2023 Newsletter

CAES Associate Director and INL Team Awarded Patent

Photo Prabhat Tripathy, Michael Shaltry, and David Estrada

The Center for Advanced Energy Associate Director, David Estrada and Idaho National Lab (INL) Scientists Prabhat Tripathy and Michael Shaltry, were recently awarded a patent for their additively manufactured sensors. Unlike sensors currently on the market, these sensors can be used in harsh environments, like a molten salt reactor, and can be printed to fit specific experimental conditions and needs.

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Energy Policy Institute Selected for $2 Million Award to Study Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

The Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, and its partners, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to study consent-based siting approaches for consolidated interim storage of spent nuclear fuel. The U.S Department of Energy announced a total of $26 million in funding to support the work in 13 communities. Currently, spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants is stored at nuclear facilities across the country.

The Energy Policy Institute (EPI), the policy arm for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, will lead a team of eight universities plus the National Tribal Energy Association, along with industry and public sector partners, in a newly established consortium named Common Ground. EPI is a non-partisan and evidence-based center that specializes in the social and technical dimensions of energy system change. EPI Director Kathy Araújo, the principal investigator (PI) for the project and a professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy at Boise State, will work with Co-PI and EPI Assistant Director Cassie Koerner, along with abroad, multi-institutional team to develop briefings and establish the consortium.

“The United States is at an important juncture in terms of how we store and manage nuclear waste,” said Araújo. “With this initiative, we will draw on practical insights from historical and current examples of large/complex infrastructure siting with our partners and collaborating communities to put forward recommendations for consent-based siting that accounts for local knowledge and priorities.”

Full article here.

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