The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request of $46.1 billion details major investments in key Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to research, develop, and deploy clean energy technologies necessary to reach President Biden’s goals on climate change.
Experts in the European Union have completed a draft declaring nuclear power a green investment, fully meeting the standards as a sustainable energy source, according to a recently shared report. However, since this report is a draft undergoing consideration of the European Commission, the designation of nuclear power as "sustainable" may be contingent upon other, similar debates about natural gas.
Centrus Energy, a firm under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate production of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) with domestic technology, says it expects to begin producing the advanced nuclear fuel material by June 2022 at the American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio.
The big selling point, then, for advanced nuclear technology is that the next-generation designs promise to be safer and cheaper, while reducing the amount of nuclear waste in the processing of fissile fuels. Enter molten salt reactors, which dissolve nuclear fuel in very hot fluoride or chloride salt, hence molten salt, rather than using solid forms common in most reactors. It acts like its own fuel and coolant.
Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in today as the 16th Secretary of Energy by Vice President Kamala Harris, following a broad bipartisan confirmation vote of 64-35 in the United States Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).