Holtec is pleased to share some of the recent innovations employed at our plants undergoing prompt decommissioning - Oyster Creek and Pilgrim - that have a large beneficial consequence to enhancing public health and safety as well as protection of the environment.
The innovations summarized above are but a representative sampling of the technologies that are being perfected to make nuclear decommissioning an environmentally benign undertaking conducted with utmost emphasis on maximizing human health and safety. As we march through the two current ongoing projects, we expect to discover, nurture, and mature more innovative solutions that help us realize our mission to render decommissioning of nuclear plants into an environmental non-event. In as much as the ease and cost of decommissioning is an important component of the life-cycle cost of a nuclear plant, our innovations will have a direct and salutary benefit to the per-kW cost of the new generation of reactors such as our SMR-160. The insights gained from decommissioning of the old plants is also being leveraged to inform the SMR-160’s design to make it more amenable to (ultimate) decommissioning.
The above innovations are examples of the fruits from our sustained R&D program that, we assure our readers, will continue to be introduced in the decommissioning industry to make nuclear energy cost-competitive and to help restore its standing as the storied font of economical and clean energy that it was envisioned to be six decades ago. Our readers should be aware that all of Holtec’s novel discoveries of significant commercial value are subject to intellectual property protection provided by the USPTO and other foreign national jurisdictions with nuclear plants.
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