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Oklo awarded DOE TCF fund to commercialize advanced fuel recycling capabilities

Oklo Aurora Powerhouse (Source: Gensler)

Oklo Inc. has announced a $2 million cost-share award from the Department of Energy (DOE) supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). Oklo is matching $1 million in funds and is partnering with the DOE and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) on this public-private partnership. The TCF project will enable the commercialization of advanced fuel recycling capabilities by utilizing electrorefining technology.

"We are proud to be selected to accelerate the commercialization of advanced fuel recycling and development and bring clean power to market quickly and cost-effectively," said Caroline Cochran, co-founder, and COO of Oklo. The electrorefining process helps reduce fuel costs for advanced reactors. Thermal reactors access a fraction of the energy in the fuel, while fast reactors coupled with electrorefining can unlock the remaining untapped energy in fuel while reducing the volume and radiological lifetime of the waste material. 

"When your fuel is millions of times more energy-dense than alternatives, that's a key enabler to deliver the cheapest forms of clean power available to humanity," added Cochran. There are tremendous energy reserves in used fuel that can help provide clean power to the world.

The DOE's commitment to industry partnerships helps propel the commercialization of promising technologies. "The award showcases the DOE's priority to support the private sector in bringing next-generation fission to market," said Jacob DeWitte, co-founder and CEO of Oklo. 

In addition, this public-private partnership will enable commercial opportunities to convert the country's used fuel into clean energy. 

Author : Debi Dash
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