The Department of Energy today announced $60 million in awards for nuclear energy research and improvements to university research reactors and infrastructure. Some of that money — about $3 million — will land in Tennessee.
In a statement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said, “By supporting cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national labs and industry, we can strengthen the foundation for a continuing important role for nuclear energy in America’s low carbon future. Training and educating the next generation nuclear energy workforce plays a critical role in ensuring American leadership in the safe, secure and efficient use of nuclear power worldwide.”
The University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University received a total of $2.3 million for three projects related to fuel cycle technologies.
In addition, UT received about a quarter of a million dollars “to ensure that it has the best equipment and tools available to educate and train the next generation of industry leaders.”
DOE said Oak Ridge National Laboratory was granted $400,000 “to help develop data analysis software and electronic sensors and instruments that can collect data and measurements from inside a nuclear power reactor.”
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