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DOE awarding $13M to 5 companies for advanced nuclear reactor projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $13 million to five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies. The cost-share agreements will help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors, based off needs identified by industry designers and technical experts.

DOE began this program in 2013 to partner with industry in developing next generation reactors that have the potential to achieve significant advances in safety, efficiency and economics. The companies receiving federal investments are:

  • AREVA Federal Services partnering with TerraPower Company, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Texas A&M University - Modeling and simulation for longer life cores: Thermal Hydraulic simulations and experimental investigation for liquid metal cooled fast reactor fuel assemblies.

  • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy partnering with ANL – Development and modernization of next-generation probabilistic risk assessment methodologies.

  • General Atomics partnering with the University of California at San Diego and the University of South Carolina - Fabrication and testing complex Silicon Carbide structures pertinent to advanced reactor concepts.

  • NGNP Industry Alliance partnering with AREVA, UltraSafe Nuclear Company, Westinghouse, and Texas A&M University - High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) Post-accident Heat Removal and Testing.

  • Westinghouse Electric Company partnering with ANL and the University of Pittsburg - Development of thermo-acoustic sensors for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFR).

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Engineer-Poet

$13 million is nothing compared to the annual subsidies for wind and solar PV generation.

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