New simulation lab in Idaho Falls to help researchers study nuclear energy | Local

A NuScale representative is conducting training on the nuclear power plant’s control room simulator for students and faculty at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.



IDAHO FALLS – A new simulation lab in Idaho Falls will enable users and government research institutions to learn more about nuclear power and reactor technology.

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) announced in a press release Tuesday that it is opening its newest laboratory, the Small Modular Reactor Simulator Laboratory.

“The goal of CAES is to educate and train the future workforce in the energy sector and this is a great tool to do that,” said Matthew Evans, communications director for the center.

The center is a research, education, and innovation consortium comprised of the Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho. The headquarters are in Idaho Falls.

In 2019, University of Idaho’s CAES-affiliated professor Richard Christensen received a $ 286,000 grant to fund the lab through the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program, the press release said. Christensen is the client of the project.

Using NuScale Power’s simulation technology, the simulation lab will enable users to take on the role of operator and learn more about nuclear science with a virtual control room of the nuclear power plant. The lab is the second of three planned NuScale Energy Exploration Centers, according to a NuScale press release on Tuesday.

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