MU, Missouri S&T Will Research Small Nuclear Reactors

5 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, July 31 2013 Jul 31, 2013 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:44:56 PM CDT July 31, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Two Missouri universities will conduct nuclear energy-related research in a consortium founded by Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri.

The Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium will be led by the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, with a satellite center at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the focus will include computer-aided engineering for design and operation, and supporting development of materials.

Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear plants and could be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.

The consortium received a $250,000 grant from the nonprofit Missouri Technology Corp.

Westinghouse and Ameren partnered last year to compete for federal funds. They lost in an initial round but are pursuing funds through a later phase.

 

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