The Department of Energy is seeking applications for financial assistance from teams, consortia, or other partnership arrangements consisting of Small Modular Reactor vendors, power generation companies, and industry suppliers/vendors.

DOE-SealThe Small Modular Reactor (SMR) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to facilitate the development and deployment of United States owned Small Modular Reactor designs at domestic locations.

The goal of this FOA is to promote the development of SMR technologies that offer affordable, safe, secure, and robust sources of zero-carbon energy. For the purposes of this FOA, SMRs are defined as reactor units with a nominal output of 300 megawatts electric (MWe) or less and are able to be fabricated remotely and transported to the site for assembly of components and operation. The Government is particularly interested in SMR designs that incorporate passive safety features and systems providing inherent protection from natural phenomena hazards or other upset conditions that could lead to nuclear emergency situations.

DOE has been directed by Congress to consider applications utilizing any small modular reactor technology that can be expeditiously deployed. To achieve this goal, this FOA focuses on projects involving SMR designs that can be expeditiously licensed and achieve a Commercial Operation Date (COD) on a domestic site by 2022. Therefore, applications that propose SMR COD no later than 2022 will be considered as meeting the definition of ‘expeditiously deployed.’ At the same time, applications that propose SMR COD before 2022 may receive additional consideration, as outlined in the Merit Review Criteria.

Click here to read the complete Draft Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Source: Department of Energy (Idaho Operations Office)
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