DOE invests $13mn in university-led nuclear research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $13 million in new investments for university-led nuclear innovation projects. The DOE said the three awards announced under the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) will support nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and student investment at U.S. colleges and universities across the country.

Led by universities working in collaboration with the nuclear industry, national laboratories and international partners, these three-year research projects seek to bolster the performance of nuclear systems and develop next generation light water reactor concepts and new fuel forms, the DOE said.

At the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, researchers will develop a high-power light water reactor with inherent safety features that go beyond the capabilities of advanced passive systems.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will use computational and experimental models to test the performance of new, corrosion-resistant cladding, providing a holistic evaluation of how these technologies will function in a working light water reactor.

A team from Knoxville, Tenn.-based University of Tennessee will develop an advanced ceramic coating for fuel cladding technologies that aims to improve the performance of traditional cladding by decreasing oxidation and corrosion.

Through NEUP, the Energy Department has invested over $233 million in the last four years for 224 R&D projects.

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