DOE-NE is building the nuclear energy workforce of tomorrow through student support with its Integrated University Program and research funding support through NEUP. Since 2009, more than 2,400 students have received support through these programs. Students have been supported in various disciplines that support nuclear energy research.
LCW Supercritical Technologies, through two NEUP projects and two follow-on SBIR projects, has developed a viable process for collecting uranium from seawater and extracting uranium through a chemical elution process using acrylic yarn, a common household item.
NEUP Infrastrucutre grants have facilitated the development and growth of unique university facilities focused on a variety of nuclear energy related topics. This is the story of three unique facility upgrades that have resulted in groundbreaking advances for nuclear infrastructure at U.S. universites.
The Fouride High Temperature Salt-Cooled Reactor or FHR, was designed through NEUP's first Integrated Research Project (IRP). DOE-NE has supported university development of this reactor design with dozens of projects since 2011. Kairos Power spun off of these projects in 2016 to be the first nuclear start-up to demonstrate the reactor design.