Why do so many new nuclear systems fail to get off the ground? One problem is that they use enriched uranium fuel when combined with a new design makes getting NRC approval for commercial license time consuming especially when these reactors use alternative cooling approaches that have yet to be fully vetted. NRC budgets are small especially for certifying new designs for commercial use.
ADNA proposes to get around this constraint by building the initial reactor as a commercial project with cooperation of a nuclear lab using an existing linear accelerator like that at Los Alamos (currently underutilized) to reduce the cost and building a small (75 million gallons per year) liquid fuel plant using molten salt heat from the reactor to turn fire damaged wood surrounding the lab and surplus W-Pu into diesel fuel for sale to the Department of Defense.
No licensing needed: NRC licensing is not required for a system that is outside of the commercial market, allowing NRC technical inspectors to review technical plans and operations. Assuming GEM*STAR meets safety requirements, commercial licensing should be easily obtained.
Opportunity: There is a unique opportunity to build the first system at Los Alamos using the LANSCE Accelerator and the vacant technical building next to the accelerator complex, as well as using the available surplus Weapons Grade Plutonium stored at the Lab as a fuel source and the abundant damaged forests surrounding the Labs.