US invests $64m in nuclear technology

The investment will assist research, infrastructure and technological advancements

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $64 million (£48m) for advanced nuclear technology development.

The funding will be allocated to 89 projects amongst laboratories, industry and 39 US universities.

Some of the selected projects cover areas such as developing advanced sensors, educational upgrades to universities’ research reactors, experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing.

Other areas of research will include civil nuclear capabilities, manufacturing and instrumentation methods and fuel applications.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Ed McGinnis said: “Because nuclear energy is such a vital part of our nation’s energy portfolio, these investments are necessary to ensuring that future generations of Americans will continue to benefit from safe, clean, reliable and resilient nuclear energy.

“Our commitment to providing researchers with access to the fundamental infrastructure and capabilities needed to develop advanced nuclear technologies is critical.”

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