2017 Research Portfolio


EPRI conducts research supporting the safe, reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible use of nuclear power as a generation option. Through global collaboration with nuclear power plant operators, regulatory agencies, and other research organizations, EPRI develops cost-effective technologies, technical guidance, and knowledge transfer tools that help maximize the value of existing nuclear assets and inform the deployment of new nuclear technology.

Research Areas

Fuel Reliability

Develop the technical basis for preventing fuel failures through research into failure mechanisms, analysis of failed fuel rods, and development of fuel reliability guidelines.

High Level Waste and Spent Fuel Management

Inform industry and regulatory decisions affecting waste management, including advanced fuel cycles, used fuel transportation, geologic repository capacity, and interim storage requirements.

NDE Characterization

Develop and qualify nondestructive evaluation technologies that can be used to guide decisions on whether and when to replace, repair, or continue operation of components.

AP Equipment Reliability

Develop tools, techniques, and practices that can increase overall nuclear plant reliability and safety.

AP Safety and Risk Technology

Develop risk and safety assessment tools and techniques that enable nuclear plant owners to make technically sound design, maintenance and operational decisions.

AP Chemistry, Radiation Safety and Decommissioning

Develop guidance and technologies to improve water chemistry practices, enhance low-level waste management, reduce radiation exposure, and inform plant decommissioning efforts.

AP Strategic Initiatives

Incorporate plant operating experience and research results into tools and guidance that increase confidence and reduce risks associated with deploying new nuclear power plants and that can inform decisions regarding extended operations of existing plants.