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DOE Awards Grants for Nuclear Reactor Research

energyGeneral Atomics has applied for U.S. Energy Department funding to develop a gas-turbine modular helium reactor, the Gas to Power Journal reported Wednesday.

DOE is reviewing proposals from modular reactor developers for the second round of grants, according to the publication.

According to the article, the company submitted a modified design of its GT-MHR, which seeks to produce up to 48 percent energy efficiency using the Brayton thermodynamic cycle.

The General Atomics reactor, dubbed Energy Multiplier Module, features a gas-cooled reactor system designed to help minimize nuclear waste through transmutation.

EM2 is intended to operate at 850 degree Celsius and last for up to 30 years without refueling, the report says.

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