Close to $64 million in awards will be provided to national laboratories, industry and universities for nuclear technology research.
The Department of Energy (DOE) selected 89 projects to receive funding of $64 million for nuclear energy research, facility access and technology and infrastructure development.
“Because nuclear energy is such a vital part of our nation’s energy portfolio, these investments are necessary to ensuring that future generations of Americans will continue to benefit from safe, clean, reliable, and resilient nuclear energy,” said Ed McGinnis, DOE’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. “Our commitment to providing researchers with access to the fundamental infrastructure and capabilities needed to develop advanced nuclear technologies is critical.”
The majority of the awards, $52 million, was provided to the Nuclear Energy University Program. Eighty-one projects will support nuclear energy research and development projects, as well as for research reactor and infrastructure improvements.
Under the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program, $5 million will go toward five research and development projects will be led by DOE national laboratories with industry and universities. Projects will look to develop advanced sensors and instrumentations, advanced manufacturing methods, and reactor plant and fuel applications.
Three projects will receive a total of $6.6 million for nuclear fuel and material applications from the Nuclear Science User Facilities program, researching experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and design and analysis experimentation.
Of the 29 states receiving awards, states receiving the top five amounts are Wisconsin ($4.79 million), Idaho ($4.16 million), Texas ($4.02 million), Ohio ($3.9 million), and Illinois ($3.8 million). Pennsylvania will receive $1.8 million. Penn State will receive $800,000 to investigate recovering rare-earth fission products from molten chlorine salts using liquid metal electrodes. The University of Pittsburgh will receive $1 million to develop an innovative approach to reduce development and post-processing costs associated with laser powder bed additive manufacturing of complex nuclear reactor components.
A complete list of awardees by states can be found US Department of Energy website.