World Nuclear News: GAIN awards vouchers for nuclear development
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The DOE invited eligible small businesses to apply for the vouchers, worth from $50,000 to $300,000 each, in March. To be eligible, businesses needed to be organized for profit, have less than 500 employees, be majority-owned by a US citizen, and operate primarily within the USA. Selected recipients are required to provide at least 20% cost-share per voucher which can be in cash or “in kind” – for example labour, materials, equipment or data.
The eight businesses selected to receive vouchers are Creare, Columbia Basin Consulting Group, Terrestrial Energy USA, Transatomic Power Corporation, Ceramic Tubular Products, Oklo Inc, CompoRex and BgtL. They have been partnered with the DOE’s Argonne, Idaho, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest national laboratories and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Proposals put forward by voucher recipients include the development of novel materials, reactor technologies and energy storage systems.