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United States : US DOE to spend $3.5m in advanced nuclear reactor projects.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will spend $3.5m in four advanced nuclear reactor projects that overtake traditional light water designs.

The projects, led by General Atomics, GE Hitachi, Gen4 Energy and Westinghouse Electric Company, will deal with technical challenges in designing, building and operating the next generation of nuclear reactors.

This move is part of US President Barack Obama s plan to reduce carbon pollution and speed up the development of nuclear technologies.

Public-private research in advanced nuclear reactors will help accelerate American leadership in the next generation of nuclear energy technologies and enable low-carbon nuclear power to be a significant contributor to the U.S. energy economy, said US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

As per its project, General Atomics will carry out research and development on silicon carbide composite material, which may work as a dependable material for fuel rod cladding in advanced reactor designs.

GE Hitachi s project will consist of the development of high temperature insulation materials in addition to analysis tools to help design and make electromagnetic pumps for liquid-metal-cooled nuclear reactors.

Gen4 Energy will carry out research and development on natural circulation designs for advanced nuclear reactors, which make use of a lead bismuth coolant. Westinghouse will carry out analysis on sodium thermal hydraulics to support advanced nuclear reactor design.

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