The U.S. needs both dispatchable and baseload clean energy generation resources to complement intermittent renewables and variable demand.
VERTical’s project areas and initiatives focus on accelerating deployment for advanced nuclear and preparing the market to serve the industry for decades to come. VERTical has established target sector collaboration groups to bring private and public entities together to solve industry challenges. These experts and actions will move next-generation nuclear and other advanced clean energy technologies forward.
Facilitate Next-Generation Reactor Demonstration & Deployment Projects
Next-generation nuclear energy reactor technologies are first-of-a-kind and will require varied technical support, equipment and resources pipelines to create a sustainable industry. VERTical will collaborate with next-gen reactor companies to identify opportunities and plan and provide technical expertise and resources.
Build the Advanced Nuclear U.S. Supply Chain Industry
A domestic supply chain for next-generation nuclear does not exist. The newly established Clean Energy Supplier Alliance will fuel growth and accelerate the deployment of advanced nuclear energy reactors by filling gaps, removing barriers and solving challenges in the industry’s supply chain.
Grow the Advanced Clean Energy Market
VERTical project partners will identify suitable properties and work with appropriate entities to eliminate encumbrances and secure funding for infrastructure or other required improvements to pre-package certified sites for next-generation nuclear reactors and advanced clean energy technology projects.
Prepare the Advanced Nuclear Workforce
VERTical’s workforce readiness initiatives will engage industry, labor, education and training institutions from elementary to higher education and other partners to identify skills gaps and future industry requirements to prepare tomorrow’s nuclear skilled-trades and professional workforce.
Attract Capital for Advanced Nuclear
This project will help form a central location for investors to learn about new nuclear energy industry players and focus capital investments to accelerate the deployment of next-generation nuclear power reactor projects.
Establish a Northwest Nuclear Quality Management Center of Excellence
Industry project partners will collaborate to establish a Nuclear Quality Management Center of Excellence to support the origination of a modern U.S. nuclear energy supply chain.
Support Nuclear Supply Readiness
Implement programs and processes companies can use to measure their operations against the criteria required to supply the nuclear industry and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.
Coordinate Grant Partners to Leverage State & Federal Funds
Identify grant opportunities and bring members together to submit collaborative, mutually beneficial applications to help implement successful projects and programs that advance new clean energy technologies.
Educate & Advocate for Nuclear Energy
VERTical will collaborate with local, state and federal entities for ongoing nuclear energy education and advocacy efforts to build knowledgeable audiences, strengthen relationships, dispel disinformation and provide factual information.