Advanced Nuclear Production Funding Awarded by DOE

The funds are intended to accelerate research for commercial-scale uranium 

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that they are awarding $150 million to speed up the production of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU). Naturally mined uranium typically only contains 0.711 percent pure uranium; Low enriched uranium, 3-5 percent; and highly enriched uranium, more than 85 percent. HALEU contains 5-20 percent uranium, which can generate high amounts of power in significantly smaller nuclear reactors, but the United States currently cannot make commercial-scale quantities of HALEU domestically. 

“Reducing our reliance on adversarial nations for HALEU fuel and building up our domestic supply chain will allow the U.S. to grow our advanced reactor fleet and provide Americans with more clean, affordable power,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. “This demonstration shows DOE’s commitment to working with industry partners to kickstart HALEU production at commercial scale.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Energy Department officials as they support the development of HALEU.
  • For Secretary Granholm to seek God’s discernment as she heads the Energy Department.
  • For the researchers and scientists to utilize the funding effectively to enhance domestic high-assay low-enriched uranium production.

Sources: Department of Energy


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