MOLTEX Energy, a nuclear energy company, has selected Jacobs to build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development site in the UK. The facility will support development of stable salt reactors (SSRs), a type of nuclear plant offering safer, cheaper, and cleaner power. Moltex’s SSR is designed to generate low-cost electricity by burning processed spent-fuel pellets that would otherwise have to be stored as radioactive waste. SSR technology is a variant of molten salt reactor (MSR) technology, and was identified in a 2015 study by consultancy Energy Process Development to be the “most suitable” MSR technology for immediate pilot scale development in the UK. MSRs are a class of fission reactor which use molten fluoride salts as the primary coolant, at low pressure. Coolants are used in nuclear reactors to remove or transfer heat. The fuel can be solid or dissolved into the molten salt coolant.
Chemical Engineer 25th Aug 2020 read more »