Science Technology and Research

Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is the nation’s leading laboratory for nuclear energy and clean technologies,  national defense, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection and nuclear nonproliferation. The facility includes:

  • A utility-scale electric power grid for improving grid reliability and security
  • A wireless communications user facility available for commercial and government sponsored research
  • Key capabilities for performing cyber and control system research, explosives impact analyses, armor development and radiological training

INL professionals address energy production challenges in renewable energy integration, transportation, transformation, energy critical materials, biomass feedback assembly, and advanced manufacturing.

Small Modular Reactor (SMR)

The DOE’s NuScale SMR $1.8 billion facility will house the world’s first Small Modular Reactor, the future of nuclear energy.  The project is slated to go online as soon as 2024.

U.S. Navy Naval Reactors Facility

The U.S. Navy and DOE are building a $1.65 billion Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) in Idaho Falls to handle spent fuel from the U.S. fleet of nuclear-powered war ships and keep them in operation.

Center for Advanced Energy Studies

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (“CAES”) is a research and educational consortium between Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Wyoming, and the Idaho National Laboratory.

CAES boasts a laboratory containing a four-walled 3D computer assisted virtual environment, or CAVE, which allows scientists and engineers to literally walk into their data and examine it. CAES also houses an IQ-station and a portable 3D system.

RISE Complex

Idaho State University is home to the Idaho Accelerator Center and Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) Complex. The Center contains 10 operating accelerators for university, INL and private sector research in specialized nuclear facilities, and serves as a principal investigating conduit for R&D in nuclear physics applications in materials science, biology, homeland and national security.

Idaho Cleanup Project

Fluor, Idaho’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP), and Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) will focus on reducing risks to workers, the public and the environment.