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DOE Awards $60 Million for Nuclear Energy Research

Oct. 1, 2013—The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $60 million to universities, national laboratories and industry to fund nuclear energy research.
The awards come from two programs administered by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. The Nuclear Energy University Programs will provide about $42 million for 61 university-led research and development projects and $5 million to 15 colleges and universities to  support their research reactor and infrastructure improvements.
NEUP also awarded $5 million to an “integrated research project,” to be led by the University of Michigan. It teams six other universities, five national laboratories and three industrial partners with French and British participants “to test the long-term behavior of advanced reactor materials under radiation.”
In addition to the NEUP programs, the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program  will provide $9 million to support 13 research and development projects focused on advanced manufacturing methods, reactor materials, and advanced sensors and instrumentation.
DOE’s awards include:
$789,286 for the University of Utah to assess the loss of structural integrity of transportation casks and fuel cladding after extended storage of used nuclear fuel.
$780,000 for the University of Idaho to develop methods for doubling the service life of concrete structures.
$440,000 to Purdue University to develop a simulation and analysis package to aid in the nondestructive assessment of sealed used nuclear fuel dry casks.
$95,000 to Aiken Technical College, the only community college award recipient, to add specialized training equipment to implement its nuclear welding technology program.
The full list of awards is available on DOE’s website.