Houston, Aug 16 : The US Department of Energy has launched the National Reactor Innovation Centre (NRIC) here to assist with the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies.
The department said on Thursday that NRIC would provide private sector technology developers with the necessary support to test and demonstrate their reactor concepts and assess their performance, which will help accelerate the licensing and commercialisation of these new nuclear energy systems.
"By bringing industry together with our national labs and university partners, we can enhance our energy independence and position the U S as a global leader in advanced nuclear innovation," said Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
In 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, eliminating some of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of nuclear innovation.
An amount of $ 5million has been allocated in the 2020 budget for the NRIC, which plans to demonstrate small modular reactor and micro-reactor concepts within the next five years. (UNI)