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General Atomics Among 4 Selected for DOE Nuclear R&D Projects

general atomicsGeneral Atomics is one of four companies selected by the U.S. Energy Department for a $3.5 million investment program aimed to advance research and development of nuclear reactors.

The effort supports a presidential effort to reduce carbon emissions and drive innovation for energy technologies such as nuclear power, DOE said Thursday.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the public-private research partnership aims to tap sources of low-carbon nuclear power

AGeneral Atomics’ project will focus on silicon carbide composites for use in nuclear fuel cladding.

GE Hitachi will develop insulation materials with the goal of designing electromagnetic pumps for liquid-metal-cooled nuclear reactor plants.

Gen4 Energy will work on circulation models and Westinghouse Electric Co. will analyze sodium thermal hydraulics for reactor designs.

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