WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it has awarded the University of Nevada, Las Vegas up to $156,897 through a research grant aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies and training and educating the next generation of leaders in the U.S. nuclear industry.
Speaking at the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) workshop in Chicago, Assistant Secretary Peter Lyons said up to $39 million in total grants would support up to 51 projects at colleges and universities around the country.
Through NEUP, the DOE is working to leverage the research and development capabilities of American universities and colleges to enhance U.S. leadership in the global nuclear energy industry. NEUP builds upon the Obama administration’s efforts to ensure that nuclear power is a part of America’s clean energy mix. Through programs such as NEUP, the department is taking action to restart the nuclear industry as part of a broad approach to create new clean-energy jobs and cut carbon pollution.
“The Obama administration continues to believe that nuclear energy has an important role to play as America moves to a clean-energy future,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “As part of our commitment to restarting the American nuclear industry and creating thousands of new jobs and export opportunities in the process, we are investing in cutting-edge nuclear energy research projects that can develop the technologies required to advance our domestic nuclear industry and maintain global leadership in the field.”
The 51 awards announced Tuesday are led by 31 U.S. universities in more than 20 states. Other universities, industry leaders and national laboratories, will serve as collaborators and research partners. The projects selected for negotiation of award cover four nuclear energy research fields including fuel cycle research and development; reactor concepts research, development and demonstration; nuclear energy advanced modeling and simulation; and transformative research.