Westinghouse, university sign agreement for nuclear power research projects

Westinghouse Electric Co. on Oct. 18 said it signed a multiyear research and collaboration agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The agreement will support the development of multiple research projects at the institutions that will benefit the Westinghouse 225 MWe small modular reactor (SMR) project and the nuclear energy industry as a whole.

An initial project already underway with MU under the agreement is a collaboration to perform first-of-a-kind analysis helping to support licensing activities to establish the emergency planning zone boundary for SMRs.

Ameren Missouri is the operating license partner in the Westinghouse application to secure Department of Energy (DOE) SMR investment funds. A total investment by the DOE of $452 million has been allocated for its SMR program, and private industry must match the government funding it receives.

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