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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2021 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Awards

Two research and development projects led by DOE National Laboratories and U.S. universities will receive more than $1.9 million in funding. Together, they will conduct research to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation and advanced manufacturing methods for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications. 

A complete list of NEET projects with their associated abstracts is listed below.​​


2021 NEET Award Abstracts
Iowa State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$999,000

​Researchers seek to exploit the inherent uniformity, reasonable compressibility, and thermally-activated sintering of gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) precursor oxide dispersoid strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel powder to produce full density powder compacts by conventional vacuum warm pressing. Resulting billets will be cold cross-rolled to sheet material for duct applications. Hollow preforms, with a dissimilar powder core that can be readily removed, will be produced for cladding applications.​
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$999,000

​The development and demonstration of a GaN HEMT based wireless communication system for near-core operation in existing and future nuclear reactor facilities is proposed. The design will be optimized for neutron, gamma, and temperature hardness, and will reach TRL4 by the project's end. Deliverables include the GaN wireless communications system design and test results, and the results of elevated temperature and gamma, neutron and combined gamma/neutron irradiation tests.​

*Actual project funding will be established during the award negotiation phase.​