mPower, a small modular reactor (SMR) design owned by Babcock and Wilcox, has been chosen as the winner of a US Department of Energy (DOE) program aimed to provide additional funding to help further expedite the time necessary to bring this new class of power plant into the industry.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a small modular reactor is a reactor that has an electricity output of less than 300 MWe. Most traditional nuclear plants have an electricity output between 800-1100 MWe. The SMR’s lower electrical output combined with less onsite construction and an increased containment capability make are reasons some utility companies are beginning to consider use of this smaller reactor. Also, due to its smaller size, SMR’s can be used in areas that may not have adequate space necessary for a large 1000 MWe Nuclear Power Plant, which could prove to be a huge opportunity for some utility companies.
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Written by: Absolute Consulting, Inc.
Researched and Source: World Nuclear News