Energy Department awards $60M for nuclear research

Energy Department awards $60M for nuclear research
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The Energy Department announced more than $60 million in research funding awards Friday for nuclear power.

The 68 projects around the country were funded with the hope that they will result in scientific breakthroughs that help nuclear power, the Energy Department said Friday.

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“I remain convinced that nuclear energy will continue to be an important part of the nation’s energy portfolio, accounting for more than 60 percent of carbon-free electricity in the United States today,” Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizTwo years after Harvey's devastation, the wake-up call has not been heeded Biden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan Pelosi, Clinton among attendees at memorial reception for Ellen Tauscher MORE said in a statement.

“These awards provide essential funding for nuclear energy-related research and thereby support the long term health of our domestic nuclear energy industry,” he said.

The awards include more than $31 million to 43 research and development projects led by universities to develop innovative technology through the Energy Department’s Nuclear Energy University Program. About $3.5 million of it will fund reactor and infrastructure improvement projects.

Four of the awardees are part of a joint program with the United Kingdom, and will receive an additional $2.6 million from the UK for their research.