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Generation III+ Small Modular Reactor Pathway to Deployment Program

Open Date:

Late Summer / Fall 2024

Close Date:

TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

In-person Industry Day: Mid-August 2024 in Washington, DC

Eligible Recipients:

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Bureau/Office

Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy

Overview

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, DOE issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to fund up to $900 million to support the initial U.S. deployments of Generation III+ (Gen III+) Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technologies.

DOE estimates the U.S. will need approximately 700-900 GW of additional clean, firm capacity to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Nuclear power is a proven option that could be deployed to meet this need, including the growing demand from artificial intelligence and other data centers and the reshoring of manufacturing, while creating high-paying jobs with concentrated economic benefits for communities most impacted by the energy transition. Per the Department’s Pathways to Advanced Nuclear Commercial Liftoff report, establishing a committed orderbook of reactors in the near-term is critical to accelerating technology learning and reducing deployment costs.

SMRs are versatile and can be safely deployed in a variety of settings, from remote to urban, from front-of and behind-the-meter, due to their small footprint, more modular design, factory-based construction, and use of established fuel supply chains, which all serve to lower overall project costs. SMRs also have the ability to meet smaller localized power demands and can be scaled up for larger demand or used in complement with renewables.

Created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 and funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, DOE anticipates offering funding in two tiers:

  • Tier 1: First Mover Team Support, managed by the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), plans to provide up to $800M to support up to two first-mover teams of utility, reactor vendor, constructor, and end-users or power off-takers committed to deploying a first plant while at the same time facilitating a multi-reactor, Gen III+ SMR orderbook.
  • Tier 2: Fast Follower Deployment Support, managed by the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), plans to provide up to $100M to spur additional Gen III+ SMR deployments by addressing key gaps that have hindered the domestic nuclear industry in areas such as design, licensing, supplier development, and site preparation.

To support the goal of building a clean and equitable energy economy, projects are expected to:

  1. support meaningful community and labor engagement;
  2. invest in quality jobs;
  3. advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and
  4. contribute to the goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities (the Justice40 Initiative). The strength of a proposal’s community benefits, including a project’s impact on equity and environmental justice, will be considered when reviewing applications.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Total Amount Available:
$900,000,000
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Gen3PlusSMR@hq.doe.gov

Request an invitation to Industry Day by emailing Gen3PlusSMR@hq.doe.gov with "Industry Day" in the subject line.

Use this same email address to request a meeting.

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