Published on Monday May 24, 2010
Dr. Ulrike G.K. Wegst, Anne Stevens Assistant Professor, has received a Department of Energy 2010 Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) R&D Award for her project entitled "Freeze-Casting as a Novel Manufacturing Process for Fast Reactor Fuels."
The focus of this collaborative research project between Drexel University and the University of Wisconsin is to research and demonstrate technologies that will enable the safe and cost-effective management of the used fuel produced by the current and future nuclear fuel cycle in a manner that reduces proliferation risk. The research conducted in the program is focused on developing novel materials and technologies that will improve used fuel storage, recycling and disposal options, with performance in cost and environmental consequences significantly improved from current technology performance.
"We are taking action to restart the nuclear industry as part of a broad approach to cut carbon pollution and create new clean energy jobs," says U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "These projects will help us develop the nuclear technologies of the future and move our domestic nuclear industry forward."
The total award is for $1.14M for the three year project and Drexel's portion is $910K.