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 DOE-NNSSJamileh Mogin Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and its related facilities help ensure the security of the United States and its allies by: supporting the stewardship of the nation’s nuclear deterrent; providing nuclear and radiological emergency response capabilities and training; contributing to key nonproliferation and arms control initiatives; executing national-level experiments in support of the National Laboratories; working with national security customers and other federal agencies on important national security activities; and providing long-term environmental stewardship of the NNSS’s Cold War legacy.

Located in a remote, highly secure area of southern Nevada, the NNSS is a premier outdoor, indoor, and underground national laboratory. It is a preferred location for experiments supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)’s nuclear weapons Stockpile Stewardship Programs, national defense programs, and national security research, development and training programs, as well as vital programs of other federal agencies.

NNSS environmental programs, which includes environmental protection, compliance, and monitoring of the air, land, water, plants, animals, and cultural resources at the NNSS; investigation and implementation of appropriate, cost-effective corrective actions to address legacy contamination from historic nuclear weapons testing at the site; and permanent disposal of low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste generated by environmental clean-up activities at the NNSS and other sites across the DOE complex.

Larger than the state of Rhode Island, the 1,355-square-mile Nevada National Security Site is located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas with satellite offices are maintained in Los Alamos and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Long Island, New York; and Washington, D.C.

The scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technicians at the NNSS and its satellite locations partner with colleagues from across the National Security Enterprise, including the national laboratories and the defense and intelligence communities, to execute a multitude of high-level experimental, research, and training activities in support of national security.
Website: https://www.nnss.gov/

Email: moginjn@nv.doe.gov

Phone: 7028638725

Address: 2621 Losee Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030, North Las Vegas, NV, 20762, United States
NV
 Sandia National LaboratoriesDavid Sassani Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Sandia National Laboratories leads in developing, integrating, and implementing technically safe, viable, and sustainable solutions to nuclear energy challenges, ranging from power generation to Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) and High Level Waste (HLW) management and disposition. With this expertise and experience, Sandia’s Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle (NEFC) Program conducts applied R&D,performs technical analyses to inform decision making, implements technical solutions, and analyzes alternative strategies as a trusted agent of DOE and other Federal entities, and.
Within its NEFC Program, Sandia National Laboratories:

• Develops advanced energy conversion systems using supercritical fluids that will decrease the use of cooling water and result in more efficient operations of existing nuclear power plants as well as facilitate the deployment of advanced reactors.

• Provides integrated solutions for the management and disposition of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste across storage, transportation, and disposal programs. Sandia is lead laboratory for the national programs for the safe transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive wastes, and is an international leader in R&D in these areas.

• Develops integrated systems approaches supporting the deployment of advanced nuclear reactors and other fuel cycle technologies that consider the whole nuclear energy fuel cycle and integrate effective integration and incorporation of safety, security, and safeguards -- for both open and closed fuel cycles.

In this last area, Sandia National Laboratories has deep expertise in safeguards, security, and safety assessments of the nuclear fuel cycle. The current movement toward smaller and modular reactors and fuel cycle facilities benefits from more integrated thinking between safeguards, security (including cyber), and safety. Sandia’s NEFC Program leverages several key capabilities including a long history of physical protection modeling and analysis, safeguards system modeling and analysis, cybersecurity, severe accident modeling, and the essential integration of these capabilities to develop more robust and cost-effective plant monitoring systems.
Website: https://energy.sandia.gov/programs/nuclear-waste-management/knowledge-management/

Email: dsassan@sandia.gov

Phone: (505) 284-8967

Address: 1515 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123, United States
NM
 Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteJie Lian Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Dr. Lian is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been working on ceramic materials as nuclear waste forms over the last 20 years with the emphasis of waste form design, microstructure/phase characterization, radiation response, chemical durability and long-term performance evaluation. He has extensive experience and demonstrated records in using state-of-the-art materials synthesis approach to develop advanced materials for waste form applications with minimized release of critical waste elements such as highly volatile halides and Cs and optimized materials performance with greatly improved waste loadings and chemical durability for iodine and chloride immobilization. He also has extensive experience in chemical dissolution by static and semi-dynamic leaching testing to gain fundamental mechanistic understanding of element release from waste form matrix and prediction of the long-term performance. He is currently a thrust leader of the ceramic waste forms for iodine and Cs immobilization under the DOE EFRC Design and Performance of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD).
Dr. Lian also has extensive experience on nuclear fuel design/manufacturing, testing and performance evaluation and he is collaborating extensively with many national labs and industries including Westinghouse on various nuclear fuel design and manufacturing including ATFs and nitride fuels for liquid-lead cooled fast reactors. He is also working on the development of a future taggant in fuel concept as an enabling technology to effectively track and trace spent nuclear fuels and enhance their safeguardability and proliferation resistance.
Dr. Lian is strongly interested in teaming up on the projects on safeguard solutions and waste form solutions. Particularly, he is interested in the developments of advanced waste forms for complex waste streams from chemical reprocessing of UNFs or spent fuels from MSRs or metallic fuel reactors.
Website: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~lianj/portfolio_2.html

Email: lianj@rpi.edu

Phone: 5182766081

Address: 5048 JEC, 110 8th street, Troy, NY, 12309, United States
NY
 Argonne National LaboratoryMark Williamson Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Argonne pioneered the application of nuclear fission for energy generation and continues to maintain world leading capabilities being used to develop innovative reactor and fuel cycle systems. Areas of expertise include reactor and fuel cycle physics, used nuclear fuel recycling, sensor development for process monitoring and nuclear material accounting, waste form development and qualification, fuels and materials development, and nuclear waste management. This expertise is applied to the development of innovative nuclear energy technologies and their integration in nuclear power systems employing diverse neutron energy spectra, coolant types and fuel-cycle schemes.

Achieving competitive economics, inherent safety, maximizing resource utilization and practicable nuclear waste management are cornerstones of Argonne’s nuclear fuel cycle development efforts. This experience is highly relevant to sustainable technologies of interest to ARPA-E that will significantly improve the disposal impact of used nuclear fuel and other waste streams from advanced nuclear energy systems.

Argonne researchers carry-out fuel cycle analyses using computational models designed to simulate the start-up, steady state and transient behaviors of advanced fuel cycles. Modeling capabilities are continually adapted and improved to represent novel design features and operating strategies that reduce uncertainty in the prediction of performance and safety characteristics. Specialized codes designed for modeling nuclear fuel recycling provide significant insights used to improve process efficiencies, and to determine waste stream compositions and quantities used to develop durable waste forms. This combination of codes provides unmatched vision into used nuclear fuel management.

Argonne combines world-class experimental expertise in nuclear chemical engineering, radiochemistry and materials development to pursue groundbreaking advances in nuclear fuel recycling and waste management. The Laboratory’s nuclear fuel recycling research targets enhanced understanding of separations processes ranging from fundamental property measurements to pilot-scale demonstrations of innovative commercially viable technologies. Supporting research activities include the development, cost-effective fabrication and testing of high-performance equipment used in recycling; facility design including regulatory review; and improved computational modeling of nuclear waste management systems.
Website: www.anl.gov

Email: williamson@anl.gov

Phone: 630-252-9627

Address: 9700 S. Cass Ave., Lemont, IL, 60439, United States
IL
 Savannah River National LaboratoryAlex Cozzi Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Extensive experience in waste form development and testing for radioactive and hazardous waste streams. Contributing author to Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Integrated Waste Management Strategy, Management of Decay Heat from Spent Nuclear Fuel, and the NDAA funded Report of Analysis of Approaches to Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Supported the SRS Defense Waste Processing Facility and Saltstone Processing and Disposal Facilities
Website: www.srnl.gov

Email: alex.cozzi@srnl.doe.gov

Phone: 803-522-2799

Address: 999-W, Aiken, SC, 29808, United States
SC
 Moltex Energy USA LLCJose P. Zuniga Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Moltex seeks to develop and commercialize variants of the Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) and WAste To Stable Salts (WATSS) process.

The SSR is a molten salt reactor that uses fuel dissolved in a molten fluoride (for the thermal spectrum configuration, SSR-U) or chloride salt (for the fast spectrum configuration, SSR-W). The molten salt is contained in static fuel assemblies and operates at atmospheric pressure.

The first version of the SSR that Moltex is developing is the Stable Salt Reactor-Wasteburner (SSR-W). The SSR-W uses fuel produced by the WATSS, which is a new, low cost and simple process that transforms spent conventional reactor fuel into a stable salt fuel. The WATSS process has intrinsic safeguards against proliferation. It produces a mix of transuranic (TRU) molten halide salt, avoiding the need and risk of intensive and complicated procedures to separate high purity plutonium. Reduction in the radioactive life of the majority of that spent fuel from hundreds of thousands of years to just a few hundred years will effectively clean up a large part of the hazardous residue of the first nuclear era.
Website: https://www.moltexenergy.com/

Email: josezuniga@moltexenergy.com

Phone: +1 (506) 639-9219

Address: 301 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE, 19801, United States
DE
 PAR Systems, LLCRob Owen Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Radiation tolerant remote handling equipment (60+ years in nuclear market; DOE, Commercial Nuclear, international nuclear research and fuel labs); including waste processing equipment using standard and custom manipulators, manipulator deployment systems (overhead masts, wall mounted, pedestal mounted), hot cell cranes, specialized tooling, heavy lift robotic cranes

Automation of industrial processes (manipulators, custom equipment, specialty processes, vision systems, forming, inspection, laser deployment, friction stir welding, machining, pick and place, packaging, end of arm tooling, remote tool changes, waterjet cutting, milling, cleaning, assembly)

Fuel handling equipment for commercial power, fuel transfer equipment, fuel manufacturing

Waste processing equipment (mechanical cutting, plasma, etc.), size-reduction equipment, D&D equipment
Website: www.par.com

Email: ROWEN@PAR.COM

Phone: 6512381972

Address: 707 County Road E West, SAINT PAUL, MN, MN, 55126-3128, United States
MN
 Stochastic Research Technologies LLCUrmila Diwekar Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Stochastic Research Technologies LLC is a software company that provides solutions to chemical, pharmaceutical, and biomedical problems with modeling, optimization, and control of the process. Robust decision-making under uncertainty is of fundamental importance to numerous disciplines and application areas. For many practical issues, decision-making often involves multiple, often conflicting, goals and poses challenging optimization problems. The main focus of our company is to develop systematic methods, algorithms, and approaches for rapid, reliable, and robust multiple objective optimal decision making under uncertainty and to successfully apply these methods to diverse application areas. The company harnesses multidisciplinary expertise in modeling, optimization, uncertainty analysis, manufacturing, process design and control, environmental and ecosystem management, security systems analysis, and operation research.
In the 1980s, it was decided that the high-level waste can be converted to boro-silicate glass, which will be stored in the repository. The glass must meet both processibility and durability restrictions. The processibility conditions ensure that the glass melt has properties such as viscosity, electrical conductivity, and liquidus temperature, which lie within ranges known to be acceptable for the vitrification process during processing. Durability restrictions ensure that the resultant glass meets the quantitative criteria for disposal in a repository. There are also bounds on the composition of the various components in the glass. Recently there are other waste forms suggested like iron phosphate glass, glass-bonded ceramic. All these waste forms involve adding material (frit) to the waste, thereby increasing the number of waste forms (amount of waste). Further, depending on the time for waste storage, the composition of waste changes adding uncertainty to the mixture. Reducing waste storage involves solving a complex mixed integer nonlinear programming optimization problem in the face of uncertainties. There are very few organizations in the world which has algorithmic and software capabilities to solve such problems, and Stochastic is one such company. In this project, we are proposing to create a user-friendly software package. Customers can use this software to determine the amounts of appropriate materials to generate a minimum amount of waste forms of a quality suitable to store in any repository.
Website: www.stochastic-research.com

Email: urmila@vri-custom.org

Phone: 6308863047

Address: 2714 Crystal Way, Crystal Lake, IL, 60012, United States
IL
 Brigham Young UniversityDevin Rappleye Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear I have work on sensor and process development for pryochemical processing of actinides for past 10 years. First, at North Carolina State University, I focused on developing safeguards for a used nuclear fuel electrorefiner. Next, at the University of Utah, I developed electrochemical sensors to monitor concentrations in a used nuclear fuel electrorefiner. Following that, I managed the pyrochemical operations of nuclear materials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I am currently setting up a laboratory at Brigham Young University with inert atmosphere gloveboxes, gas analyzers, potentiostats, furnaces (resistive and induction) in order to further research on high-temperature chemistry and processing of molten salts and metals.
Website: https://chemicalengineering.byu.edu/directory/devin-rappleye

Email: drapp@byu.edu

Phone: 18014221611

Address: Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering Building 330, Brigham Young Univeristy, Provo, UT, 84602, United States
UT
 ULC Technologies, LLCFarah Singer, PhD Large Business Other Energy Technologies ULC is a pioneer in R&D and Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions development for the energy, utility and industrial markets. ULC has 20 years of experience in the development, commercialization, and deployment of complex robotics, inspections systems and unmanned aircrafts. Since its inception in 2001, the focus of ULC has been the enhancement of energy and utility operations and the support of infrastructure improvement. We combine cutting-edge design, complex custom software, world-class mechanical equipment, advanced machine learning algorithms, and top talent to create revolutionary technologies, robotics and unmanned systems (UAS) to reduce operations and maintenance costs while increasing efficiency, improving safety and meeting the increasingly complex demands of regulators and energy customers. Our team of engineers, machinists, project managers, field technicians and support staff work daily to find solutions to challenging energy industry problems.
ULC’s areas of expertise and capabilities include: Robotic Systems, Sensors, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Inspection systems, AI & Machine Learning, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Field Testing, Field Deployment, Control systems, Wireless & RF, Sensor integration, Software design, Electromechanical technical assembly, Precision machining, 2d & 3d design, 3d modeling & analysis, Drive systems, Advanced pneumatics, CNC machining, Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), System Level Analysis, Flow Analysis, Motion Simulation, Condition modeling, Assembly Simulation, and Material Simulation. ULC’s facilities house engineering offices that allow for intensive research and development projects, an advanced machine shop to create customized parts and prototypes for robotic technology, and reconfigurable space to accommodate assembly and testing.
Website: https://ulctechnologies.com/

Email: farah.singer@spx.com

Phone: 631-667-9200

Address: 88 Arkay Drive, Hauppauge, NY, 11788, United States
NY
 Atkins Nuclear SecuredAnthony Chang Large Business Other Energy Technologies SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. SNC-Lavalin acquired the Commercial Division of Canada’s Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in 2011; becoming the OEM for 25 operating units worldwide and is engaged with global new build activities. In July 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc. to enter the top 3 in our industry globally. We work to solidify SNC-Lavalin’s position as one of the largest fully integrated professional services firms in the world offering our clients a wider breadth of expertise, capabilities, and services. The offeror, Atkins, is a U.S.-owned and Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI)-mitigated subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group, Inc., a 37,000-employee engineering, procurement, construction, nuclear facilities management, and environmental services firm with $5.5 billion in annual revenue.
Atkins is a renowned project management and engineering services firm established in 1938. Atkins provides a full range of engineering, procurement, and construction services to U.S. federal customers, including the Department of Energy (DOE) and its prime contractors. Atkins provides cradle-to-grave radioactive waste management services. We have successfully integrated efforts among the various Atkins and SNC-Lavalin subsidiaries to execute high-consequence nuclear designs.
Website: https://www.atkinsglobal.com/homepage

Email: anthony.chang@atkinsglobalns.com

Phone: 3056060463

Address: 545 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830, United States
TN
 University of UtahMichael F. Simpson Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear My career has been largely focused on application of molten salts for nuclear energy systems and nuclear waste processing.The first 17 years of my career was at Argonne and Idaho National Laboratory. The last 8 have been as a faculty member at the University of Utah. I have published research on electrorefiner salt waste processing, U electrorefining, electrolytic reduction of UO2, molten salt electrochemistry, safeguards approaches for molten salt processing systems, and sensors for molten salts. In recent years, I have developed a new process for dechlorinated chloride salt waste for immobilization in zeolites. My lab at the University of Utah is equipped with glove boxes, furnaces, and various instrumentation for supporting molten salt and waste form research.
Website: https://faculty.utah.edu/u0907827-MICHAEL_F_SIMPSON/research/index.hml

Email: michael.simpson@utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-4013

Address: 122 S. Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, United States
UT
 University of FloridaNathalie A. Wall Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear N.A. Wall has over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental radiochemistry, including nuclear waste management. Over her career, she has developed expertise in the chemistry of actinides, lanthanides, and fission products. She received a doctorate in radio- and nuclear- chemistry from the University of Paris (France), while working at the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) in the Department for Nuclear Waste Management, where she studied actinide chemistry in granitic repository systems. During a post-doctoral fellowship at Florida State University and subsequent appointment at Sandia National Laboratories, she participated to the 1996 Compliance Certification Application, first (2004) and second (2009) Compliance Recertification Applications of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Wall developed a strong research program in the Chemistry department of Washington State University (WSU), where she was a faculty member from 2006 to 2019; she became a faculty member of the UF Department of Materials Science and Engineering (home of the UF Nuclear Engineering Program) in June 2019, where she has built new radiochemistry capabilities.
N. Wall’s 1,635 sqft radiochemistry laboratory at UF includes traditional infrastructure (benches, fume hoods, distilled water) and hosts a variety of instruments: potentiometry auto-titrator; UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer coupled with a thermostated cell holder, and diffuse reflectance accessories; fluorometer; inert atmosphere gloveboxes, coupled with oxygen purifier and moisture purifier. N. Wall has the full array of radioactivity counting equipment, including liquid scintillation counter; automated gamma counter; intrinsic germanium gamma spectrometer; and alpha spectroscopy detectors. The lab also includes a set-up for the study of molten salt chemical behavior (furnace, voltameter, portable spectrophotometer and light source, fiber optic cables).
The UF Nuclear Engineering program hosts a 100 kW Argonaut-type nuclear and multiple gamma irradiation facilities.
The UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers support and enhance the research, education, and public service missions of the University of Florida by providing access to characterization and process instrumentation.
Website: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/wall-research/facilities/

Email: Nathalie.Wall@ufl.edu

Phone: 3522730279

Address: 100 Rhines Hall, Gainesville, FL, 32611-6400, United States
FL