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Revising the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Steam Generator Testing Program Can Reduce Risk
EMD-82-75: Published: May 25, 1982. Publicly Released: May 25, 1982.
GAO was requested to review the technical outlook for several components of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). The objective of the review was to evaluate the current DOE program for testing the CRBR steam generators.Steam generators for liquid metal fast breeder reactors have had a history of serious technical problems. Small breeder reactors in this country and...
Methanol and the U.S. Government
117290: Dec 1, 1981
GAO has assigned a high priority to reviewing federal programs and activities aimed at developing and commercializing alcohol fuels, both ethanol and methanol. GAO has concluded that alcohol fuels have vast potential for replacing petroleum fuels, particularly in the automotive sector, and the technology to produce alcohol fuels is here today. GAO work has shown that: (1) sufficient economically r...
Response to Questions Clarifying a Previous GAO Report on the Department of Energy's Breeder Reactor Program
EMD-81-83: Published: May 4, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1981.
GAO was requested to respond to questions clarifying the information contained in a prior report about the Department of Energy's (DOE) breeder reactor program. The information requested included: (1) the best available estimate by GAO of the cost of construction of the Clinch River liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) after adjusting for inflation and cost overruns; (2) alternative strategie...
The Energy Conservation Program for Schools and Hospitals Can Be More Effective
EMD-81-47: Published: Mar 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1981.
Schools and hospitals are major consumers of energy, and a substantial potential exists for them to reduce their energy consumption and costs through a variety of energy conservation actions. The Schools and Hospitals Program was established by the National Energy Conservation Policy Act as a matching grant program to assist schools and hospitals in reducing their energy consumption. Funding of al...
Management Problems Impede Success of DOE's Solar Energy Projects
EMD-81-10: Published: Dec 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its solar energy research and development (R&D) projects.GAO found that: (1) DOE has taken important steps, such as instituting decentralized management, establishing a formalized management system, and initiating an automated contractor reporting system, to improve its R&D project management; (2) solar energy projects are continuing to e...
Oil in Reserve: How Much Is Enough?
090847: Jan 1, 1979
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 14, Issue 3, Summer 1979...
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...