Energy research (21 - 30 of 61 items)
Electricity Supply: What Can Be Done to Revive the Nuclear Option?
RCED-89-67: Published: Mar 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the future of nuclear power, focusing on: (1) problems preventing new initiatives in commercial nuclear power; (2) actions which could revive nuclear power; and (3) the status of government and industry efforts to revitalize the use of nuclear power.GAO found that: (1) public and utility concerns about the feasibility of using nuclear power have ris...
Nuclear Science: Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
RCED-89-17: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed nuclear power systems experts on the potential usefulness of space nuclear power systems research to the development of civilian terrestrial nuclear power systems.GAO found that: (1) experts expected that the Department of Energy's (DOE) SP-100 Space Power Program and Multimegawatt Space Nuclear Power Program (MMW) would provide useful knowledge to...
Nuclear Science: History and Management of the DOE/Air Force Small Reactor Project
RCED-88-138: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the joint Department of Energy (DOE) and Air Force Small Reactor Project, focusing on its origin, history, and funding.GAO found that: (1) using DOE discretionary funds, the DOE laboratory at Los Alamos initiated the project in June 1983 to determine whether a small nuclear reactor could satisfy the Air Force's electric power...
Nuclear Science: Challenges Facing Space Reactor Power Systems Development
RCED-88-23: Published: Dec 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear development programs, specifically: (1) management and coordination among the sponsoring organizations; and (2) safety-related tasks associated with DOE program activities.GAO found that, although both the SP-100 Space Reactor Program and the Multimegawatt (MMW) Space Nuclear Power Pr...
Nuclear Science: Information on DOE Accelerators Should Be Better Disclosed in the Budget
RCED-86-79: Published: Apr 9, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on issues concerning: (1) the size and nature of the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment, prior to congressional approval, in new high-energy and nuclear physics accelerator facilities or major upgrades; and (2) the events and procedures leading to DOE review and approval for building a continuous electron beam accelerator facility.GAO found...
The Funding of Generic Activities Within DOE's Office of Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
RCED-84-186: Published: Aug 31, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed questions concerning the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy's funding certain generic activities not previously identified in the DOE budget request. Specifically, GAO determined: (1) whether this practice is in accordance with DOE internal budgeting regulations; (2) the impact this practice has on DOE...
The Impact of International Cooperation in DOE's Magnetic Confinement Fusion Program
RCED-84-74: Published: Feb 17, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues relating to international cooperation in fusion energy development as part of its review of fusion energy.GAO noted that the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fusion Energy directs the fusion research and development program on which over $3.5 billion has been spent since fiscal year 1950. GAO found that DOE policy on international c...
Response of the Energy Research and Development Administration to a Report on Cleaning Up the Remains of Nuclear Facilities
B-164052: Published: Dec 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1983.
GAO issued a report entitled “Cleaning Up the Remains of Nuclear Facilities—A Multibillion Dollar Problem” (EMD-77-46) on June 16, 1977. The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) submitted comments on the report as required by section 236 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 in which ERDA described the actions it planned to take in responding to the recommendations...
Analysis of Studies on Alternative Financing for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor
RCED-83-151: Published: May 12, 1983. Publicly Released: May 17, 1983.
GAO was asked to review the anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) report on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project and to assess the alternatives presented by the Department of Energy for securing additional private financing.In the report, DOE stated that its approach was to develop Government technical input which the Breeder Reactor Corporation task force could use to develop private...
Status of DOE's Implementation of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980
RCED-83-105: Published: Apr 29, 1983. Publicly Released: May 16, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO determined the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980.GAO noted that the act calls for progressive development of fusion energy in terms of scientific feasibility and potential commercial applicability by the end of the century. The act also requires that DOE pursue the development of seve...