The INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory
dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in
nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense.
The INL is operated for the Department of Energy (DOE) by Battelle Energy
Alliance (BEA) and partners, each providing unique educational,
management, research and scientific assets into a world-class national
Our mission today. We continue to tackle complex missions for the nation
in a safe and cost-effective manner, including:
Delivering science-based engineered solutions to challenges in the
Department of Energy's mission areas
And enhancing the INL's scientific and technical talent, facilities and
equipment to best serve the nation.
A team of researchers in the US and Europe are part of the Real-Time Super Lab concept to study how electricity can be rerouted across vast distances to address disruptions. The team envisions that large-scale blackouts can be prevented by moving electricity intercontinentally, the same way utilities currently do regionally but at a much larger scale. Such global interaction can reduce the cost of outages and make electrical power grids of the future more resilient.
Understanding factors that drive nuclear fuel swelling will help engineers develop higher performance fuels, which could be even safer and more efficient than those used in current nuclear energy plants. As uranium atoms split to produce energy, fission products build up within fuel rods, which impacts nuclear fuel performance inside a reactor. But, a clear picture of the size and location of these solid fission products has been elusive until now.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.