DOE Invests $67M to Advance Nuclear Technology

August 21, 2014 By Karen Henry

nuclear-georgia-energy-manageThe US Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. More than 80 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The DOE is awarding over $30 million through its Nuclear Energy Research Programs (NEUP) to support 44 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects to develop innovative technologies and solutions. These projects will be led by 30 US universities in 24 states. The announcement includes about $4 million to 19 universities for research reactor and infrastructure improvements and $20 million for five integrated research projects that will deliver solutions to high priority nuclear energy research challenges, including instrumentation and vacuum drying systems associated with the storage of used nuclear fuel, an integrated approach to fluoride high temperature reactor technology development, and advanced instrumentation to support transient testing.

Additionally, $11 million will be awarded for 12 research and development projects led by US universities, DOE national laboratories and industry in support of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development Program (NEET CTD) to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges. Two infrastructure enhancement projects totaling over $1 million will be awarded to DOE national laboratories to further reactor materials and instrumentation research.

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