Dan Brouillette Confirmed as U.S. Energy Secretary
This week the Senate confirmed, with a bipartisan vote of 70-15, Dan Brouillette to be the 15th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. After the vote, Secretary Brouillette stated “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the American people, President Trump, and DOE’s dedicated civil servants in this new role…I want to thank President Trump for placing his confidence in me to help advance America’s national security, energy security, and economic security through groundbreaking science, technology and innovation. I also would like to thank the Senate for its expedient review of my nomination and for the bipartisan support provided to me during the nomination hearing and tonight’s vote.
Together, we will build upon the historic progress in energy made under Secretary Perry’s leadership, making our country safer, more prosperous, and secure. I am excited for what the future holds, as our Department continues to make a lasting impact both domestically and around the world.”
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Oklo Inc. Introduces Aurora Energy Plant
Oklo Inc. announced the launch of its Aurora energy plant described as an “advanced fission clean energy plant design developed to power communities with affordable, reliable, clean power.” The energy plant can produce about 1.5 MW of electrical power and can also produce usable heat. Attributes of the Aurora include the ability “to produce power for decades without needing to refuel, its small size, the placement of the fuel underground, the ability to operate without needing cooling water, the demonstrated natural shutdown behavior of the fuel, and the use of a fission spectrum which can recycle fuel and ultimately convert nuclear waste to clean energy.” Oklo has been working with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission since 2016 for the Aurora design and the company says it is preparing to submit its first license application. The company previously received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.