RFI - Intelligent Analytics, Algorithms, and Maintenance to Optimize Operations in Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

ARPA‐E is seeking information from diverse industries about technologies that could enable advanced nuclear reactors1 to achieve operating cost profiles that approximate those of natural gas combined cycle plants. This entails reducing operating costs per megawatt of electricity (MWe) at nuclear power plants by more than one order of magnitude.    

Attaining this vision requires semi‐autonomous nuclear power plant operations, a radical departure from traditional nuclear power plant operations. Because autonomy is so unconventional for the nuclear sector, attacking the problem requires operational technologies and controls strategies that have limited or no technical precedent in the nuclear community. For this reason, ARPA‐E is especially interested in perspectives from outside the traditional nuclear energy space.

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA‐E consideration, to inform the possible formulation of future programs.  ARPA‐E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA‐E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions.  

Response Date: Apr. 25, 2019





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

April 25, 2019