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The Civil Nuclear Credit Program: An overview
Officially established on November 15, 2021, with the signing of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL—the Department of Energy’s Civil Nuclear Credit Program was designed to give owners/operators of commercial U.S. reactors the opportunity to apply for certification and competitively bid on credits to help support the continued operation of economically troubled units. Finally, the federal government, and not just certain farsighted state governments, would recognize nuclear energy for its important grid reliability and decarbonization attributes.
Kyuhak Oh, Mark A. Prelas, Eric D. Lukosi, Jason B. Rothenberger, Robert J. Schott, Charles L. Weaver, Daniel E. Montenegro, Denis A. Wisniewski
Nuclear Technology | Volume 179 | Number 2 | August 2012 | Pages 243-249
Technical Paper | Radioisotopes | doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A14096
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This paper presents a study on the optimization of the amount of energy deposited by alpha particles in the depletion region of a silicon carbide (SiC) alphavoltaic cell using Monte Carlo models. Three Monte Carlo codes were used in this study: SRIM/TRIM, GEANT4, and MCNPX. The models examined the transport of 5.307-MeV alpha particles emitted by 210Po. Energy deposition in a 1-m depletion region of SiC was calculated using an isotropic alpha source for a spherical geometry using GEANT4, and a monodirectional alpha source for a slab geometry using both SRIM/TRIM and GEANT4. In addition, an isotropic point source was modeled using GEANT4 and MCNPX for a slab geometry. These geometries were optimized for the maximum possible alphavoltaic energy efficiency. The models, which match very well, indicate that the maximum theoretical energy conversion efficiency, which was optimized for a SiC alphavoltaic cell, is [approximately]3.6% for the isotropic alpha source on a slab geometry and 2.1% for both the monodirectional alpha source on a slab geometry and the isotropic alpha source at the center of a sphere. This study provides a useful guide governing the upper limit of expected efficiency for an alphavoltaic cell using a linearly graded single junction SiC transducer.