Czechs, US start nuclear energy research center

U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman L. Eisen, right, smiles as Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman, center shakes hands with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, after an opening ceremony of a center for civil nuclear cooperation at the technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The joint Czech-U.S. center is based at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the U.S. government is contributing US dollar 500,000 for the first two years through its Department of Energy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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PRAGUE (AP) — The United States and Czech Republic are increasing cooperation in civilian nuclear energy, opening a joint research center in Prague for nuclear scientists and engineers from both countries.

About one-third of the Czech Republic's energy comes from nuclear power, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that the center would be "a catalyst" in the field.

The center is based at the Czech Technical University in Prague. The U.S. government is contributing $500,000 for the first two years.

Former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and President Barack Obama agreed on the project in 2011. The Czech Republic has two nuclear power plants, and U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Co. and a consortium led by Russia's Atomstroyexport are bidding to build two more reactors.

 


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