Purdue University and Duke Energy have announced plans to explore using nuclear energy to power the campus’ energy needs. The move is part of Purdue’s Sustainability Master Plan to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2025.
“Innovation and new ideas are at the core of what we do at Purdue, and that includes searching for ways to minimize the use of fossil fuels while still providing carbon-free, reliable, and affordable energy,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels in a statement. “We see enough promise in these new technologies to undertake an exploration of their practicality, and few places are better positioned to do it.”
The partnership is focused on determining the feasibility of using Small Modular Reactors. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, primary advantages to SMRs are they are small and modular, meaning they occupy far less space than conventional reactors and can be factory made, then assembled on site.