In 2000, Dr. Jose Reyes used a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to begin researching the development of a small-scale nuclear reactor.

Reyes was an Oregon State University faculty member at the time, head of the school’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. Four years later, he had a promising design but no more DOE funding.

With most university research projects, Reyes said, “That’s usually where it ends.” Not this time.
Instead, OSU stepped in to fill the funding void and help Reyes form NuScale Power, which today is a 600-employee company working to bring small nuclear reactors to market as early as 2023.

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