The awards fall under a number of DOE’s programmes designed to advance the development of next generation nuclear technology. They include support for university-led nuclear energy research and development projects, national laboratory projects and three integrated research projects which address well-defined but highly complex technical issues impacting key mission objectives.
“Advancing the next generation of nuclear energy is paramount to ensuring reliable, clean electricity for the American people,” said energy secretary Dan Brouilette. “If we are serious about making substantial progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, then emissions-free nuclear energy must be a part of that conversation.”
With these awards, the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy has now awarded more than $800m since 2009 in clean energy innovation and to train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists.