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Idaho National Laboratory

About Idaho National Laboratory

Since 1951, Idaho National Laboratory has hosted more than 50 nuclear reactors, making it home to the largest concentration of reactors in the world. Today, the lab works to sustain core technical capabilities and develop innovative solutions that advance nuclear and other clean, smart and secure energy systems.

INL researchers are developing new processes and technologies to reduce the life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured goods and ensure critical material supplies.

INL's capabilities fall within six areas — Critical Materials, Process Intensification, Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Grid Integration of Manufacturing (CHP and DR), and Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms & Models.

Capabilities

Critical Materials — leading research efforts in recycling and reuse of rare and critical materials. Recovering and purifying critical materials requires advanced chemistry to separate specific elements from complex mixtures.

Process Intensification — researchers are developing novel catalytic processes that use far less energy than conventional methods. INL is also exploring how chemical production could be integrated with energy production to make both more efficient. The cutting edge TAP — Temporal Analysis of Products — reactor is critical to these efforts.

Advanced Materials Manufacturing — INL has a rich history researching and developing strong, reliable materials for the nuclear energy industry, particularly in high-temperature materials. INL resources include specialized capabilities for specimen preparation, electron microscopy and atomic structure analysis.

Sustainable Manufacturing — INL focuses on net-zero waste research – recovering, reuse, remanufacturing & recycling, with expertise in chemical separations, solvent extraction, membrane technology, water cleanup and systems engineering. The lab's award-winning Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis (SPS FO) technology dramatically lowers the cost of water purification.

Grid Integration of Manufacturing (CHP and DR) — INL is developing a new competency in integration of distributed energy resources to support flexible manufacturing; in particular, through smart, embedded data analytics and intelligent, resilient, distributed controls.

Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms & Models — INL has pioneered the science of resilient control architectures, providing the foundation for self-diagnosing, self-healing and maximized efficiency through advancing autonomy. INL experts employ real-world control system knowledge, cognitive interaction, embedded security and domain expertise to advance next generation sensing and control system designs.

Facilities

TAP (Temporal Analysis of Products) — The TAP reactor system provides a new and innovative way of looking at catalysis and materials science problems. It does this by using a probe molecule pulse response to analyze complex reaction kinetics. Fewer than 20 TAP systems exist in the world, and only three, including the system at INL, reside in the U.S.

Microscopy & Characterization Suite (MACS) — A state-of-the-art materials characterization laboratory providing cross-cutting capabilities.

Control Systems Facilities — INL has a cross-spectrum of facilities that can be used for complex evaluation of control system designs for cyber security, advanced control, human performance and operational verification and validation.

Additional Information

INL Advanced Manufacturing Homepage