The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12.8 million in funding to Westinghouse Electric Corp. LLC, in Cranberry Township for its eVinci Micro Reactor Nuclear Demonstration Unit Readiness Project.
The DOE award to Westinghouse represents the bulk of the $19 million it was providing for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects.
The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.
The awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s funding opportunity announcement U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development. This is the fourth round of funding through this FOA, which has now awarded a total of approximately $117 million. Subsequent quarterly application review and selection processes will be conducted over the next four years.
“The Trump Administration is committed to reviving and revitalizing the U.S. nuclear industry, and these private-public partnerships are needed to help successfully develop innovative domestic nuclear technologies,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said in a statement. “There are a lot of U.S. companies working on technologies to make the next generation of nuclear reactors safer and highly competitive, and partnerships will be key to accomplishing this goal.”