The Associated Press May 28, 2010, 2:57PM ET

DOE locates nuclear hub at Oak Ridge in Tennessee

Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be the headquarters for the first of three energy innovation hubs planned by the U.S. Department of Energy.

With a grant of up to $122 million over five years and access to the world's most powerful computers, a team of scientists and engineers from universities, industry and other national labs is expected to be able to make significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design and engineering.

Partners include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Westinghouse Electric Co. and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

According to a news release from the Energy Department, two more energy innovation hubs are planned. One will look at developing fuels from sunlight in an economical way and the other will research ways to make buildings more energy efficient. Those two hubs will be announced in the coming months.


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