Lightbridge teams up with the premier nuclear testing facility in the US

Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR) has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Idaho National Laboratory.
This long-term strategic partnership can be broken into two “umbrella” agreements – a Strategic Partnership Project Agreement (SPP) and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
This is immensely exciting for us since we are able to gain valuable research insight about our Lightbridge Fuel™ with the expertise, oversight, and funding of the U.S. Department of Energy.
What does this long-term strategic partnership mean for Lightbridge?
Simply put, the opportunity to reach a long-term partnership with Idaho National Laboratory is a huge milestone for us. The Idaho National Laboratory is an US Department of Energy national laboratory and it’s the United States’ leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Also, located on the premises of the Idaho National Laboratory, is the forefront of nuclear technology — the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT).
The blue glow of Cerenkov radiation inside ATR: the reactor will be used for irradiation testing of Lightbridge fuel (Image: INL)
The blue glow of Cerenkov radiation inside ATR: the reactor will be used for irradiation testing of Lightbridge fuel (Image: INL)

What’s the difference between the ATR and TREAT?
The ATR is described by the Idaho National Laboratory as the world’s premier nuclear test reactor. What’s unique about the ATR is that its main purpose is to perform irradiation testing of nuclear materials and fuels, by producing neutrons for testing rather than to produce heat for power generation.
What’s special about TREAT is that it is an air-cooled, thermal-spectrum test facility designed to evaluate the response of reactor fuels and structural materials to accident conditions. In a nutshell, TREAT is state-of-the-art equipment that can test nuclear materials under simulated duress conditions closely resembled to accidents to ensure that nuclear substances are properly taken care of and protocols can be established.
Why is developing Lightbridge Fuel™ important?
All in all, this opportunity for Lightbridge to have a long-term strategic partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory and its cutting-edge nuclear research equipment will help us produce data on Lightbridge Fuel™ that we will use to meet regulatory licensing requirements to commercially launch Lightbridge Fuel.
As a commercial product, Lightbridge Fuel™ will be a game-changer for nuclear energy. Lightbridge Fuel™ will help to steer the nuclear industry into a safer, affordable, and climate-friendly future.

We also wrote a We Don’t Have Time article on our profile about Lightbridge Fuel. Make sure to check it out and read it!

Our CEO, Seth Grae, when asked on what this long-term strategic partnership means, he said, “Entering into these agreements is an important milestone for Lightbridge that will enable us to demonstrate the benefits of our innovative nuclear fuel technology. We believe this technology will help the United States and our allies meet energy security and climate goals.”

To learn more about this long-term strategic partnership between Lightbridge and Idaho National Laboratory, we encourage you to read our full press release.
  • Evangeline Wanjiru

    78 w

    The US as a global superpower has shown great efforts in leading the charge towards sustainable energy. Kudos to Lightbridge and Idaho National Laboratory for the revolutionary initiatives.

    • Sarah Chabane

      79 w

      A promising partnership!

      • Tabitha Kimani

        79 w

        A big leap towards clean energy.

        • Gorffly mokua

          79 w

          Great!Partnerships should be highly embraced.

          • Ford Brodeur

            79 w

            What a great partnership! Using state-of-the-art nuclear facilities at Idaho National Laboratory to safely test and advance nuclear energy is climate progress!


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