Idaho National Laboratory completes pre-conceptual review of NANO Nuclear Energy’s proprietary low-pressure coolant micro-reactor 'ODIN'

NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. (NANO Nuclear), an emerging micro-reactor and advanced nuclear technology company, led by a world-class nuclear engineering team developing proprietary, portable, and clean energy solutions, announced that Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has completed a pre-conceptual design review of NANO Nuclear’s ‘ODIN’ low-pressure coolant micro-reactor design.

Following NANO Nuclear’s announcement of its Strategic Partnership Project Agreement with INL in April 2023, INL, operated by Battelle Energy Alliance under the U.S. Department of Energy, advanced its examination of NANO Nuclear’s designs for its proprietary advanced micro-reactor ‘ODIN’ through a panel of national laboratory engineers and scientists. The review was requested by NANO Nuclear to provide an external audit of the technical work completed to date on the ‘ODIN’ micro-reactor. The review served to ensure that NANO Nuclear has thoroughly considered the necessary aspects of its design and the applicable regulations for advancing the technology towards a commercial product.

NANO Nuclear expects that INL will perform a similar review of its proprietary ‘ZEUS’ micro-reactor in February 2024.

 Jay Jiang Yu, NANO Nuclear Energy’s Founder and Executive Chairman, said:

“Idaho National Laboratory has been instrumental in aligning our operations with the United States’ energy objectives and strategic direction. Through the laboratory’s thorough evaluation of NANO Nuclear’s proprietary reactor, ‘ODIN’, we have obtained enormously useful and valuable insights to assist our technological development. This collaboration has equipped our world-class team with essential guidance and utilized a national laboratory expertise to maintain our progress in the field of advanced nuclear reactors.”

INL reviewed the technical information provided by NANO Nuclear on its reactor design, siting, fuel, and decommissioning strategy, culminating in a panel review workshop to discuss every applicable area of the design and the future work required to successfully deliver an optimized and market-driven product. The review panel provided recommendations and outlined a path forward for NANO Nuclear to advance and build on the work completed by its world-class scientific team to date.

James Walker, NANO Nuclear Energy’s CEO and Head of Nuclear Reactor Development, said:

“Working alongside Idaho National Laboratory and their team of esteemed professionals has been immensely beneficial to NANO Nuclear. Idaho National Laboratory is a great resource to help the development and evolution of our advanced nuclear reactors. Their recommendations will serve to both optimize our reactor designs, and ensure these developments simultaneously align with national standards and licensing requirements. The panel delivered tremendous value to us and our ‘ODIN’ project. The planned review of the ‘ZEUS’ reactor design is expected to provide that project with the same external input and direction which has so significantly benefited ‘ODIN’.”

Eugene Shwageraus, ‘ODIN’ Reactor Engineering Lead , said:

“INL expertise in nuclear reactor technologies is unmatched. It is reassuring that INL engineers found our design concept technically sound. The entire NANO Nuclear team is grateful for the INL review panel comments and suggestions, which will be extremely valuable for our future technology development steps.”

About Idaho National Laboratory
Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, and also performs research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and the environment.
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