The Department of Energy announced awards for five companies to lead nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies.
These projects will receive $13 million in cost-share agreements to help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors, based off needs identified by industry designers and technical experts.
“This type of public-private research in advanced nuclear reactors will help accelerate American leadership in the next generation of nuclear energy technologies, and move the United States closer to a low carbon future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “These types of investments are crucial to the continuing role of nuclear power as a significant contributor to the U.S. energy economy.”
The DOE began this program in 2013 to partner with industry in developing next generation reactors that have the potential to achieve advances in safety, efficiency and economics. The companies receiving federal investments are:
- Areva Federal Services partnering with TerraPower Co., Argonne National Laboratory and Texas A&M University — Modeling and simulation for longer life cores: Thermal Hydraulic simulations and experimental investigation for liquid metal cooled fast reactor fuel assemblies;
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy partnering with ANL — Development and modernization of next-generation probabilistic risk assessment methodologies;
- General Atomics partnering with the University of California at San Diego and the University of South Carolina — Fabrication and testing complex Silicon Carbide structures pertinent to advanced reactor concepts;
- NGNP Industry Alliance partnering with Areva, UltraSafe Nuclear Co. Westinghouse, and Texas A&M University — High Temperature Gas Reactor Post-accident Heat Removal and Testing; and
- Westinghouse Electric Co. partnering with ANL and the University of Pittsburg — Development of thermo-acoustic sensors for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFR).