GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has announced it is beginning the licensing process with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design. The proposed design, the BWRX-300, is based on a design already licensed by the NRC in 2014, and the company hopes to leverage this existing work to make a cheaper SMR that can “become cost-competitive with power generation from combined cycle gas plants and renewable energy platforms,” according to GE Hitachi. SMRs have attracted industry interest as a potential way to make new nuclear power plants economically viable after multi-billion dollar cost overruns at conventional nuclear plant projects in Georgia and South Carolina. But after over a decade of interactions with the NRC, no SMR design has yet received a license.
Utility Dive 5th Feb 2020 read more »
US-based reactors and nuclear services provider, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ČEZ for the potential use of small modular reactor (SMR) technology in the Czech Republic. The companies will examine the economic and technical feasibility of potentially constructing a BWRX-300 in the Czech Republic.
NS Energy 4th Feb 2020 read more »