Research will be moving forward this year toward development and design certification of small modular nuclear reactors, said Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy assistant secretary of nuclear energy.
“Passive safety is critical — vital — as we move ahead with new construction,” he said.
Long-term research also is under way to look at better barriers to reduce complications, such as new fuel claddings and enhance the robustness of fuel, he said.
Lyons also is interested in research being done to determine whether extracting uranium from sea water is economical. Concentrations may be small, but the amount of water is vast, he said.
Source: Tri-City Herald
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