UT, ORNL lead national project to study nuclear fusion reactor materials

A research team at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will receive $4.1 million during the next five years to study materials used in nuclear fusion reactors.

The funding is part of a larger $11.5 million U.S. Department of Energy project that includes seven other laboratories and universities across the country.

The goal is to help convert nuclear fusion, which promises an “almost limitless supply of clean and safe energy,” into a practical, commercial power source, a UT press release said.

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