Nuclear Energy Innovation and the National Labs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 13, 2015   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is the May 13, 2015 hearing entitled "Nuclear Energy Innovation and the National Labs," held before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Randy Weber: "Today's hearing will focus on the Department of Energy's National Laboratories' research capabilities, and the working relationship with the private sector to advance nuclear energy technology, both fission and fusion. The Department of Energy owns 17 national laboratories, 16 of which are operated by contractors as federally funded research and development centers. The government owned contractor operated model allows the labs flexibility to think outside of the box when tackling fundamental scientific challenges. The Department of Energy labs grew out of the Manhattan Project, and today provide the critical R&D [research and development] infrastructure that will enable researchers in academia and the private sector to develop the technologies of tomorrow. It's pretty clear that the challenges in nuclear science can be quite complicated, and we'll hear more about that from our expert witnesses on our panel today. That said, not being a nuclear physicist or anything of that sort, I'm going to do my best to simplify what we intend to discuss in today's hearing. We hope to get a better understanding of what the DOE labs do, and how their unique research machines and talented group of researches can enable companies to develop new products. This is especially relevant for nuclear energy R&D, which requires large up-front costs, but may lead to revolutionary technology with long term rewards." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Peters, Frank Batten, Nathan Gilliland, and John Parmentola.

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