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Advanced Nuclear Energy

Third Way

Advanced Nuclear Energy

Learn more about why we’re excited about advanced nuclear and you should be too.

Why Advanced Nuclear?
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Against All Expectations: The Modernization of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Over the last four years, a diverse portfolio of innovators has emerged in the United States that is working to develop advanced nuclear reactors that provide carbon-free electricity and heat on the commercial market. When Third Way started our work assessing the potential of advanced nuclear, there was deep skepticism that innovators could overcome two obstacles unique to working in the civilian nuclear sector: getting access to the National Labs for needed research, and navigating a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing process that was seen as opaque, cripplingly expensive, and far too time consuming.

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Third Way Applauds the Nomination of Dr. Rita Baranwal as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy

Third Way’s Clean Energy Program applauds Dr. Rita Baranwal’s nomination as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Baranwal is a passionate advocate for clean energy innovation with an impressive depth of professional experience in the nuclear sector, and a thorough understanding of the role nuclear energy can play in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Breaking the Nuclear Box: What Frank Lloyd Wright Can Teach Us About Engaging the Community to Successfully Deploy Advanced Nuclear Technologies

As the nuclear energy industry vies for its place in the clean energy industry, it has plenty to learn from Frank Lloyd Wright. The basic tenet of Wright’s work was that architecture should change to make sense in its time rather than just be driven by past practice. With commercialization and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies, the American nuclear energy community is at the precipice of a new chapter. The advanced nuclear sector has an opportunity to reimagine and improve the entire way it engages with communities.

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Samples from the Summit

At our third annual Advanced Nuclear Summit, we discussed the progress this industry has made and the need to engage even more communities as developers move closer to commercialization.

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Keeping Up with the Advanced Nuclear Industry

For the third year in a row, the advanced nuclear industry has grown in both size and strength. Our new interactive map will help you keep up with this fast-moving sector, see where the activity is happening across North America, and connect to any project’s website to learn more.

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There's an App for That

Today's nuclear plants work well for communities that need huge amounts of clean, reliable, and constant power. But the advanced reactors currently under development in the U.S. could be handy in all kinds of applications—with added flexibility and a wide range of sizes and features to choose from. Advanced Nuclear: There's an App for That.
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Get to Know an Industry, with the Advanced Nuclear Directory

Get to Know an Industry, with the Advanced Nuclear Directory

More of our friends in the energy policy and investment communities are hearing about the advanced nuclear industry, and many of them want to get to know these companies a bit better. That’s why we partnered with the Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) to produce the 2017 Advanced Nuclear Directory.

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First Reaction: Kam Ghaffarian, CEO of X-Energy

First Reaction: Kam Ghaffarian, CEO of X-Energy

Kam Ghaffarian started one of the most active companies in the advanced nuclear sector. The story of how he got there weaves through an immigration line, several space launches, and a grade school in Central Africa. Pretty standard, really.

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Nuclear Reimagined

Advanced nuclear technologies can propel the world toward our climate goals by providing affordable, zero-carbon electricity and heat; supporting the growth of renewable energy sources; and supplying clean energy for water desalination, hydrogen production, and other processes that will be vital in creating a low-carbon economy.

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Africa is Looking to Nuclear Energy, and the U.S. is Nowhere in Sight

A new report shows major potential for nuclear energy development in several African nations. Russia and China have been aggressively pursuing lucrative nuclear deals and building strategic relationships in the region. If the U.S. wants to compete for these important new customers, we need to offer the right technologies and step-up our sales pitch.

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