Working with SRNL
For over 50 years, the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has been providing the science behind nuclear chemical manufacturing at the Savannah River Site (SRS), a sprawling nuclear complex that was once part of our nation’s Cold War. Time has changed the mission at SRS from nuclear production for defense purposes to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for environmental remediation, nuclear chemical isotope production, and clean energy. Through this transition, SRNL has created and delivered the scientific underpinning necessary for safe, effective nuclear chemical manufacturing.
SRNL is taking this history of innovation to the next level with the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC). This collaborative combines decades of chemical manufacturing experience at SRNL with industry and academia to create innovative solutions to our most challenging problems. The AMC will combine SRNL’s nuclear know-how with the latest industry advances in process intensification and smart manufacturing and engage other enabling technologies such as advanced robotics, virtual reality and cyber security, to aggressively and creatively address DOE’s nuclear material processing challenges.
The AMC allows government, industry and academia to join forces in providing nuclear chemical manufacturing solutions. This collaborative is essential as SRNL creates the next generation of talent and the next generation of technologies to serve national needs.
SRNL – a Dedicated History in Advanced Manufacturing
SRNL Advanced Manufacturing Success
- Utilization of molecular modeling to challenge the limits of chemical processing through the creation of a new solvent.
- Advanced material-by design approach for glass formulation in waste stabilization
- Engineered groundwater solutions for sustainable remediation
Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and the Department of Energy’s Environmental Cleanup Mission
DOE has an enduring need for safer, more cost-effective nuclear chemical manufacturing technologies, facilities, and expertise to complete the safe cleanup of radioactive and chemical waste from Cold War activities and nuclear research, and to comply with legally enforceable environmental regulatory requirements.
The magnitude of this mission is staggering. Although DOE has made significant progress, the highest risk and most technically complex work lie ahead for these multi-decade chemical manufacturing challenges. Research, development, adaptation and utilization of mature, cutting-edge technology are needed to establish manageable mission risk profiles and successfully execute DOE’s long-range plan.
The AMC will build a systemic approach to management of technology development for chemical manufacturing missions by providing suitable space located within a collaborative complex with industrial and academic partners practicing state-of-the-art advanced chemical manufacturing. The national laboratories would bring research and technology development focused on DOE missions. Commercial entities would bring proven cutting-edge technologies, best practices and a focus on productivity and efficiency. Educational institutions would bring a broad, interdisciplinary academic perspective, as well as their expertise in workforce development and training.
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