Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to partner with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and US industry to deploy next-generation modular reactors over the next six years. The university plans to demonstrate a single micro modular reactor (MMR), operated as a training, research and test reactor and to partially repower the Abbott coal-fired power station by providing district heating and power to the UIUC campus. It plans to develop the first generation of commercial micro reactor operators and will be directly involved in MMR design and integration. USNC says the MMR Energy System – a fourth-generation nuclear energy system – is a “zero carbon nuclear power plant”, integrating one or several standardised micro reactors with a heat storage unit and the adjacent plant for power conversion and utilisation, expected to deliver “safe, clean and cost-effective electricity and heat”. It is a small high-temperature gas-cooled reactor generating 15MW or 30MW of thermal capacity that can be used as a standalone power plant or as part of microgrids that include intermittent renewables such as solar or wind or to provide carbon-free heat for co-located industrial applications or for high-efficiency hydrogen production.
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