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DOE to Upgrade National Labs With $1.5B From Inflation Reduction Act; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

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The Department of Energy’s office of science has received $1.55 billion in fiscal year 2022 funding through the Inflation Reduction Act to build and modernize U.S. national laboratories.

DOE said Friday the funding will be used to upgrade scientific facilities and infrastructure and manage deferred maintenance projects at national labs.

Thanks to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, these world-class institutions will receive $1.5 billion—one of the largest ever investments in national laboratory infrastructure—to develop advanced energy technologies and groundbreaking tools like Argonne National Laboratory’s powerful new supercomputer, Aurora, that we need to advance new frontiers, like modeling climate change and developing vaccines,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

The Inflation Reduction Act will provide $303.6 million for high energy physics construction projects; $294.5 million for basic energy sciences projects; $280 million for fusion energy sciences construction initiatives; $217 million for nuclear physics construction; and $163.8 million in funds for advanced scientific computing research facilities 

Isotope research and development facilities will get $157.8 million in funds through the law, while science lab infrastructure projects will receive $133.2 million in funding.

Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, for instance, will receive about $491 million to pursue advances in exascale computing and next-generation neutron science capabilities, among others.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Livermore, California, will use $196.6 million in funds to update its X-ray light source and deliver supercomputing resources and nanoscale science-related capabilities.