Westinghouse Electric Company on Thursday announced that it is seeking to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on the a lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) that the company says will be designed to achieve new levels of energy affordability, safety and flexibility.
Westinghouse submitted its project proposal for the DOE’s upcoming investment in advanced reactor concepts that can be demonstrated in the 2035 timeframe. The Westinghouse-led project team includes members of the national laboratory system, universities and the private sector with expertise in areas essential to the design and commercialization of an advanced LFR plant. The team will evolve Generation IV reactor technology and power it with innovative Westinghouse fuel to create a Generation V plant that is competitive in even the most challenging economic environment.
Beyond electricity generation, the Westinghouse LFR applications would include hydrogen production and water desalination, Westinghouse said.
Westinghouse nuclear business supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.
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