NuScale Power’s small modular fission reactor for producing both electricity and industrial process heat has completed an extensive and rigorous review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The process required 115,000 hours of scrupulous review, and was carried out quite smoothly — considering that NuScale’s is the only small modular reactor to have undergone such a review.
The NRC is expected to certify NuScale’s design, and the company’s first customer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, is planning a 12-module SMR plant in Idaho slated for operation by the mid-2020s based on this certified design. __ NuScale h/t NBF
Factory-built small modular reactors represent an important step toward the economical scaling of production and installation of newer, simpler, safer, and more affordable ways of supplying electrical power and heat from nuclear fission.
NuScale Power, LLC is developing a new modular light water reactor nuclear power plant. This groundbreaking technology features a fully factory fabricated NuScale Power Module™ capable of generating 50MW of power using a safer, smaller, and scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology. NuScale’s scalable design – a power plant can house up to 12 individual power modules –offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power and reduces the financial commitments associated with gigawatt-sized nuclear facilities. NuScale’s technology is also ideally suited to supply energy for district heating, desalination, and process heat applications.
The majority investor in NuScale is Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), a global engineering, procurement, and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power.
NuScale is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has offices in Corvallis, Ore.; Rockville, Md.; Charlotte, N.C.; Richland, Wash.; Arlington, Va.; and London, UK. __ Nuscalepower.com via Brian Wang’s Next Big Future
Under recent US presidents prior to Trump, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission performed the role of deal-breaker and monkey-wrench inserter when it came to advancing nuclear power technology. But since the election of Donald Trump as US President, many branches of the US government — including the NRC — have been shoved back into productive and assistive roles for American industry.
Under the late US president Obama in particular, US federal bureaucracies too often performed as agents of sabotage toward US industry, the US economy, and toward traditional American cultural institutions in general. Some of those bureaucracies even tried to rig the 2016 elections in a patently illegal manner, but fortunately for the US economy they failed.
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