The Department of Energy will award $49.3 million in funding grants to support 58 nuclear technology projects. The projects range from nuclear energy research efforts, crosscutting technology development, facility access and infrastructure projects in 25 states, DOE said Thursday.
DOE will provide over $28.5 million to 40 university-led research and development projects to sustain U.S. nuclear efforts through the Nuclear Energy University Program. Five projects on the other hand will land $4.5 million in cumulative value to develop sensors, instrumentation and manufacturing methods for nuclear reactors and fuel usage. DOE will also provide $14.5 million for five projects to allow nuclear facility access, ion irradiation and experimental neutron tests.Â
“Nuclear energy is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, and early-stage research can help ensure it will continue to be a clean, reliable, and resilient source of electricity for a long time to come,â said Ed McGinnis, principal deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at DOE.