The Energy Department has awarded an estimated $67 million in total to fund 83 research and infrastructure enhancement projects on nuclear technology in support of the administration’s Climate Action Plan.
DOE said Wednesday that the projects are expected to bolster energy security, clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives across the country.
“These awards not only provide crucial funding for research and development, but also for the training and education of the next-generation nuclear energy workforce that will enhance American leadership in the safe, secure and efficient use of nuclear energy here and around the world,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.
The department distributed the grant across the following:
- $30 million for 44 university-led nuclear energy R&D projects;
- $4 million for 19 research reactor and infrastructure improvement projects;
- $20 million for five integrated research projects;
- $11 million for 12 R&D projects by DOE national laboratories, industry and U.S. universities; and
- $1 million for two infrastructure enhancement projects.
DOE said research coverage includes fluoride high-temperature reactor technology development and nuclear fuel storage, while the engineering projects focus on infrastructure upgrades, reactor materials and instrumentation.