Advanced Walkaway Safe Nuclear Reactors Are Funded for $230 Million

The Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) within the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has been allocated $230 million to start a new demonstration program for advanced reactors. Through cost-shared partnerships with industry, ARDP will provide $160 million for initial funding to build two reactors that can be operational within the next 5 to 7 years.

There are three different development and demonstration pathways:

* Advanced reactor demonstrations, which are expected to result in a fully functional advanced nuclear reactor within 7 years of the award.
* Risk reduction for future demonstrations, which will support up to five additional teams resolving technical, operational, and regulatroy challenges to prepare for future demonstration opportunities.
* Advanced reactor concepts 2020 (ARC 20), which will support innovative and diverse designs with potential to commercialize in the mid-2030s.

SOURCES – Department of Energy
Written By Brian Wang,