A New Paradigm for Power Generation
Nuclear Power is a Key Element of Our Energy Mix
In order to meet the planet’s ever expanding need for affordable energy, a number of different types of clean, emission-free technologies must be developed and employed. Nuclear power, with its ability to provide robust, continuous, and reliable energy – regardless of weather conditions – must be part of this diverse mix. However, conventional large nuclear power plants, due to construction expense and the time required to build them, must be augmented with a smaller solution.
Small & Modular Nuclear Power Reactors (SMRs)
That “smaller solution” is the category of power reactors known as Small & Modular nuclear power Reactors (SMRs). The history of SMRs is about as long as the commercial use of large nuclear power plants. The fuels and technology included in today’s SMR designs have been studied for over 50 years, and some units went online decades ago. SMRs provide the benefits of larger nuclear power plants – clean, continuous, reliable energy with no greenhouse gas emissions – yet they require very little space in which to operate. SMRs can be transported to sites and engaged without the transportation and construction costs of big nuclear power plants. Sealed and self-contained, they offer a safe energy solution for areas of the globe where nuclear proliferation is a concern. But unlike any other clean energy generation, SMRs operate when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
The Gen4 Power Module (formerly the Hyperion Power Generator)
The Gen4 Module is a next generation design that uses a liquid metal cooled, uranium nitride fueled, fast-spectrum reactor that employs control rods for reactivity control. The reactor has been designed to deliver 70 MW of heat (25 MW of electricity) for a 10-year lifetime, without refueling.
Key advantages of the Gen4 Module design are:
A standardized design will offer several advantages:
Key material selections include: