In operation since 1949, 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.
Engineers recall five-year planning for nation's largest federally owned wind project
Within the world of wind power, Kurt Myers and his engineering team are like Swiss Army knives in a silverware drawer. In his career as a wind energy systems expert, Myers has become a leading consultant ...
Small changes make a big difference in nuclear plant's productivity
(Phys.org) —Many have been told that "time is money," but perhaps few have heard the cliché and imagined $48 million on the line.
Researcher uses code to test nuclear fuels
When friends ask Idaho National Laboratory researcher Blaise Collin what his job entails, he compares his scientific simulation work to operating a flight simulator.
Experiment enters next stage at new Idaho hot cell
To the average eye, the experimental specimens don't look like much: silver-colored squares about the size of a domino. But the samples represent several big milestones for Idaho National Laboratory, the ...
Scientists discover clue in the case of the missing silver
Some come to Idaho to travel the highways that lead to the Tetons, to Yellowstone, to small towns and big adventures. Idaho National Laboratory researcher Isabella van Rooyen came, all the way from South ...
Flash X-ray system reveals explosives damage
Far out in the eastern Idaho desert, four men crowd behind a half-buried bunker and wait. James Schondel, a burly man with a thick mustache, leans over what looks like a lunch box with a long white wire attached ...
BISON enables complex nuclear fuel modeling, simulation
It's rare that a chipped nuclear fuel pellet makes its way into a reactor. But if one of the millions of pencil-sized pellets does have a small defect, it can affect the fuel's performance. How exactly these ...
Next-generation nuclear fuel withstands high-temperature accident conditions
A safer and more efficient nuclear fuel is on the horizon. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have reached a ...
Simulation capability illuminates geothermal energy potential
An Idaho FALCON is offering insight into underground happenings worldwide.
Gold used to test reactor beam quality, intensity after upgrade
(Phys.org) —A little engine work is a nice excuse to take a roadster for a spin and see how it performs. Similarly, a recent upgrade to a nuclear research workhorse at Idaho National Laboratory is driving ...
Scientist creates solution for looming broadband shortage
A new technology could help manage a potential data tsunami that might otherwise drastically restrict the use of smartphones, tablets and other wireless data technologies because of a nationwide mobile wireless ...
Laser research could benefit nuclear recycling
James Bond uses a laser beam to cut through windows and walls, but scientists at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) are using a new laser that can melt metal.
Virtual control room helps nuclear operators, industry
Modernizing nuclear power plants to help extend their operating lifetimes is no small task. But the endeavor offers an opportunity to improve control-room design and layout.
Silver lining advances understanding of next-generation nuclear fuel
(Phys.org) —The long search for the location of a rare element within nuclear fuel particles has ended. Researchers have finally pinpointed where silver congregates inside irradiated particles of a new ...
Water footprint could tip scale for sustainable, emission-reducing energy options
Green energy won't be sustainable if it uses too much blue. Low-carbon energy options that increase water consumption could be swapping one problem for another.