Westinghouse Kicks Off eVinci Licensing Reviews

Westinghouse Electric Company announced today it has filed a Notice of Intent to submit key licensing reports for the eVinci microreactor to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for joint review. The NRC and CNSC signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in 2019 to facilitate such technical reviews of advanced nuclear technologies.

model eVinci microreactor facilityThe eVinci microreactor is a low-output reactor designed to supply 5 MWe for a period of eight years without refueling. It is also designed to be factory built, then shipped (without extravagant measures, due to its small size) to its operating location.

The Westinghouse engineers sent 24 white papers to the NRC concerning the eVinci microreactor last year. The first two reports submitted for formal review were sent in December.

Westinghouse said the report topics for joint review include a common set of key requirements for the classification of systems, structures and components for the eVinci microreactor. This approach will enable deployment of a standard design in both the U.S. and Canada. Other topics for review are defining the necessary transportation requirements for shipment of the eVinci microreactor across the border and factory safety testing and inspection programs.

The eVinci micro reactor is designed to supply carbon-free, safe, and scalable energy wherever it is needed for a variety of applications, including electricity and heating for remote communities, universities, mining operations, industrial centers, data centers, and defense facilities, as well as the capability to produce hydrogen. 

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