The following news release was issued by the Depar
July 19, 2012
WASHINGTON – Underscoring the Obama Administration’s commitments to restarting the nation’s nuclear industry and promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math, the Energy Department announced today nearly $13 million in new nuclear energy innovation investments.
“Today’s awards will help train and educate our future nuclear energy scientists and engineers, while advancing the technological innovations we need to make sure America’s nuclear industry stays competitive in the 21st century,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “These investments in U.S. universities, national labs and industry advance the Obama Administration’s efforts to restart our nation’s nuclear industry as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
Today, the Energy Department is announcing a $10.9 million investment across 13 projects to help solve common challenges across the nuclear industry and improve reactor safety, performance and cost competitiveness. These projects fall under two categories:
Additionally, the Energy Department announced today a $1.6 million investment in three university-led projects, helping to train and educate the next generation of nuclear energy scientists and engineers. Through the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility Program (ATR NSUF) and the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), these projects will connect university teams with a national network of ATR NSUF partner research reactors and other unique research facilities. Today’s awards, subject to final negotiations, include:
Since 2007, the ATR NSUF Program has invested over $57 million in more than 40 experiments at the program’s research reactor facilities. Over the past four years, the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Programs have invested $219 million in 220 research projects at 79 U.S. universities and colleges, demonstrating its strong commitment to training and educating the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry.
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