The U.S. Department of Energy said four projects involving three companies in two states – one in Pennsylvania, three in California – were to receive more than $19,000,000 in cost-sharing support as part of the fourth round of funding in the fiscal year to promote nuclear energy.
The awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s funding option called U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development. For this fiscal year, it was the fourth quarterly round of awards handed out.
The total funding of for the four quarters for the advancement of nuclear technology is approximately $117 million. The Department pledged “subsequent quarterly application review and selection processes will be conducted over the next four years.”
“There are a lot of U.S. companies working on technologies to make the next generation of nuclear reactors safer and highly competitive,” said DOE Secretary Rick Perry in a statement.
“Partnerships will be key to accomplishing this goal,” he said.
Under department’s First-of-a-Kind Nuclear Demonstration Readiness funding, Westinghouse Electric Company’s eVinci Micro Reactor Nuclear Demonstration Unit Readiness Project was granted $12,879,797 with matching non-DOE funding at $15,675,350, the department said. The project is intended to support the eVinci micro reactor through design, analysis, testing and licensing through to manufacture, site and test by 2022.
Two additional projects were awarded support under the Advanced Reactor Development Project, a funding vehicle. Dirac Solutions Inc., of Pleasanton, CA., was awarded $1 (one) million “to develop and commercialize next generation specialized wireless sensing and monitoring passive and semi-passive tags integrated with sensors for the remote process monitoring of advanced reactors,” the DOE said.
Non-DOE funding for that project comes to $250,000.
Out of Alameda, CA., Kairos Power LLC was granted $5 million for its Modeling and Simulation Development Pathways to Accelerate Kairos Power Fluoride-Cooled High Temperature Reactor (KP-FHR) Licensing project. The plans call for support for advanced modeling and simulation capability through the DOS NEAMS program.
Non-DOE funding committed to that project: $5.1 million.
Kairos Power was also granted $500,000 through Regulatory Assistance Grant funding to work on its Technology Pre-Application Licensing Report on the Development of a Mechanistic Source Term Methodology for the KP-FHR under development.
Private source funding for that project is $203,957, the DOE noted.
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