CAES researcher collaborates with Brookhaven National Lab

CAES-affiliated University of Idaho faculty member R.A. Borrelli, an Assistant Professor in Nuclear Engineering, will help lead a $1 million project funded by the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program in partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory to build an adaptive control and monitoring platform for autonomous operation of advanced nuclear reactors. Researchers will develop an artificial intelligence-based platform that can support autonomous control of advanced reactors. The platform will use and integrate information from multiple sensors and support systems to issue appropriate commands to plant systems to keep the reactor within a safe operating envelope and avoid unnecessary shutdown. The work will include a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the performance of the platform and the anticipated cost savings from its deployment.

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