Energy research (31 - 35 of 35 items)
Dispute Regarding the Operation of DOE's OTEC-1: Brief Background and Status
EMD-80-107a: Published: Aug 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1980.
GAO was requested to make a preliminary inquiry concerning a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Project to determine whether alleged contracting improprieties surrounding the project warrant a full investigation. The alleged improprieties relate to DOE failure to conduct a cost comparison in accordance with OMB regulations before making its decision to undertake t...
Fossil Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration: Opportunities for Change
EMD-78-57: Published: Sep 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1979.
There has been a significant increase in recent years in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) funding for fossil energy technologies, with a large proportion of funds directed towards efforts to demonstrate that these techniques will be commercially viable.The Department of Energy (DOE) lacked some of the tools necessary to properly manage fossil energy RD&D programs. It had not develop...
Considerations for Commercializing the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor
EMD-77-5: Published: Nov 29, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1976.
The liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) is regarded as an essentially inexhaustible source of energy. A July 1975 Report by GAO and a subsequent statement by the Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) concurred in the opinion that the LMFBR program is still in a research stage, and that in the mid-1980's, a determination could be made about the acceptabili...
Evaluation of the Status of the Fast Flux Test Facility Program
EMD-76-13: Published: Nov 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1976.
The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) was authorized by Congress in 1967. The FFTF is intended to test nuclear fuels and materials most apt to work safely and economically in future breeder reactors.The Energy Research and Development Agency believes that 37- and 19-pin tests will be adequate for closed loop test purposes; and 37-pin tests will provide valid and useful data for establishing design an...