U.S. invests in nuclear energy research via UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced more than $13 million was available for university-level research into light-water nuclear reactors.

The department, through its Nuclear Energy University Program, said the investment would support research and development into the domestic nuclear energy industry.

The three-year projects, the department explained, could lead to increased performance for light-water reactors through research into new fuel forms and other developmental concepts.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the aim of the university research is to ensure the United States remains competitive globally in nuclear energy development.

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URBANA — University of Illinois researchers have won a $3.5 million grant to develop cladding for nuclear fuel rods that can better withstand a reactor accident.

Brent Heuser, UI professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering, is principal investigator for the grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs.

Five partners from academia, government and industry will collaborate on the work: the University of Florida, University of Michigan, manufacturer ATI Wah Chang in Oregon, Idaho National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. The United Kingdom is providing more than $1.5 million for collaborative research.

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