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Ernest Moniz: Nuclear Energy Consortium to Continue Support Toward Low-Carbon Economy

Ernest Moniz
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The Energy Department will provide $121.5 million to the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors over five years as part of the renewal of the Energy Innovation Hub’s research and development programs.

DOE said Friday that the renewed funding is subject to congressional approval and would help CASL continue its modeling and simulation work on nuclear energy in support of the White House’s energy strategy.

“As President Obama made clear during his State of the Union address, reducing carbon pollution and protecting the climate has to be a top priority,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“CASL’s work to help further our understanding of nuclear reactors, improving safety while also making them more efficient, will help the transition to a low carbon economy.”

The consortium, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has developed interoperability methods for simulation software and deployed the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications during the first period of funding.

Other partners in CASL include:

  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • University of Michigan
  • Westinghouse

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