A delegation from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) met with experts from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in the US, one of the world’s largest and most advanced scientific research institutions, to evaluate the latest developments in clean energy technologies, as part of its mission to rapidly decarbonise the UAE’s electricity grid.

The senior delegation, led by Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, received a comprehensive briefing during the two-day tour from officials of INL and the US Department of Energy on the latest developments in the relevant sectors.

They discussed plans for advanced nuclear technologies, including small modular reactors, clean hydrogen generation, advanced nuclear fuels and materials, as well as the latest technologies in integrated grid management and cybersecurity.

INL is one of the world’s most important research centres for clean energy innovation, with a focus on development, demonstration and deployment to support industry in delivering the clean energy transition needed in a realistic and proven manner.

As ENEC now focuses on realising the full value of the UAE Programme, developing partnerships with institutions including INL is key to driving decarbonisation, as well as developing clean energy molecules, in a manner that is realistic, data driven, and supports energy security in addition to energy sustainability.

“INL is excited to partner with ENEC,” said INL Director John Wagner. “This is a key step forward to bring about a global clean energy future.”

Idaho National Laboratory was founded in 1949 and sits on over 2,305 square kilometres, the size of Luxembourg, and is home to more than 5,700 researchers and support staff members innovating nuclear energy research, renewable energy systems and security solutions.

ENEC’s Barakah Plant, a nation-defining strategic energy infrastructure project, is spearheading the UAE’s decarbonisation efforts by preventing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions annually by supplying constant clean electricity.