DOE awards SC State $100,000 for nuclear research

Saturday, August 25, 2007

South Carolina State University will receive a $100,000 grant to improve its ability to conduct nuclear research and development in an effort to discover methods to maximize energy from nuclear fuel.

Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and 35 other schools across the nation will also receive such grants through the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, along with U.S. Gresham Barrett and Joe Wilson, announced the grants Thursday.

"I am extremely proud that the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and South Carolina State University will join a community of universities in furthering the development of safe nuclear energy," said Congressman Joe Wilson. "Our nation as well as our friends and allies throughout the world will benefit immensely from the research the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership is supporting with this grant program. In a time of increased demand for energy resources, we must remain dedicated to investing in our nation's brightest minds to help bridge the gap to 21st Century nuclear power."

Funding may be used upgrade laboratories, improve reactor facilities, purchase new state-of-the-art equipment, provide increased faculty support and graduate fellowships, further enhance nuclear-related curricula and foster international exchange. DOE has distributed more than $15.2 million to universities in fiscal year 2007.

South Carolina is host to four nuclear sites with seven reactors generating more than half the state's electricity and making it the nation's third largest producer of nuclear power.