Flexible Plant Operation and Generation

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Research and Development to evaluate economic opportunities, technical methods, and licensing needs for light water reactors to directly supply energy to industrial processes. This pathway adapts and uses analysis tools developed by DOE to complete technical and economic assessments of large, realistic market opportunities for producing nonelectrical energy products in close proximity to nuclear power plants. Engineering development and design, testing, and demonstration of the integration systems of nuclear power plants with the industrial process are carried out. Pertinent safety assessments and licensing approaches are addressed to help support LWR owners with the integration of the new processes.