UM Schools Team With Energy Industry On Nuclear Power Project

The University of Missouri System has declared its intention to work with the energy industry to promote small-scale nuclear power plants, announcing a partnership among Ameren Missouri, Westinghouse Electric Co. and the UM campuses in Columbia and Rolla to conduct research related to small modular nuclear reactors.

Small modular reactors are miniature nuclear power plants that can be mass-produced in a factory and shipped by truck or rail to augment conventional and renewable energy sources to help meet demand. The consortium aims to bring about more widespread adoption of these reactors in the state and to prepare UM students for jobs in the nuclear industry.

Ameren and Westinghouse are paying $60,000 annually to be part of the consortium, and the Missouri Technology Corp. is contributing $250,000 to the project over three years.

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