The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have agreed to cooperate on a range of nuclear energy research and development efforts.

Under the memorandum of understanding, NNL and ORNL plan to collaborate on nuclear-related projects through idea sharing, staff exchanges and joint workshops.

The three-year agreement includes developing modeling and simulation tools for advanced nuclear reactors, exploring accident-tolerant fuel concepts, developing management and assessment techniques for spent fuel, and pursuing the production of isotopes for space, medical and industrial applications.

Founded in 2008, NNL is known for its Nuclear Fuels Center of Excellence and in-house computing capabilities. In addition, the lab has established analysis tools including the Orion fuel cycle modeling code and the Enigma fuel performance code.

ORNL’s nuclear capabilities span offerings that include the Scale code system, the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications analysis tools from the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and other research and development facilities for nuclear applications.