Nine projects in the US have been granted nearly $20 million in funding for research and development for advanced nuclear technologies.
The Department of Energy (DOE) said the projects will support various aspects of existing and advanced reactor development.
They aim to establish domestic capabilities for “safer, more efficient, clean” baseload energy that supports the US economy and energy independence.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said: “DOE is investing in advanced nuclear technologies because we are looking to the future. Nuclear energy is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy for the country and early-stage research can help ensure it will continue to be a clean, reliable and resilient source of electricity.”
Last week, Scott Pruitt, who headed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has been embroiled in controversies regarding the spending he oversaw at the EPA – resigned from his post