OSU gets $1.1M from DOE for more nuclear research
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Modular nuclear reactors such as the ones developed at Oregon State University hold promise for the future of the industry.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Tuesday a wide-ranging $47 million program for funding nuclear energy research at 46 universities and colleges across the country.
Oregon State University, the birthplace of small modular nuclear reactor startup NuScale Power LLC, will collect $1.1 million for research and development infrastructure.
The program also supports research fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate students studying nuclear energy.
OSU has focused its research the development and testing of so-called passive safety nuclear energy concepts and new types of small reactors in a modular format that officials are eyeing as holding potential for the future.
“Small modular reactors are exciting for a number of reasons,” said Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of energy in a press release. “They have safety and non-proliferation advantages, could be used in smaller communities, and you could punch them out in a standardized manner. Only time will tell, but their flexibility in cost and deployment is very promising."
OSU will use the DOE funding to upgrade its research reactor and add other science tools for the
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