The U.S. Department of Energy is working with industry to quickly develop new fuels with enhanced accident tolerance.

These nuclear fuels will not only increase the safety of today’s light-water reactors but also improve plant performance at a crucial time for the U.S. nuclear industry.

A number of reactors are currently under economic stress and the benefits that these fuels bring to the table could make the case for utilities to extend plant operations.

Here are 5 things you need to know about accident tolerant fuels:

  1. Accident tolerant fuels beat the heat and perform better.
  2. Accident tolerant fuels last longer.
  3. Accident tolerant fuels improve plant performance.
  4. Accident tolerant fuels are industry-led.
  5. Accident tolerant fuels could debut by 2025.

View the full story at the official Office of Nuclear Energy site.