By Henry Fountain
Leading the way in U.S. (SMR) Small Modular Reactor technology, NuScale Power
NuScale Power was founded in 2007, formed for the sole purpose of completing the design and commercialization of a small modular reactor (SMR) that is known today as the NuScale Power Module™. This SMR technology is at the heart of NuScale’s new modular light water reactor nuclear power plant that will supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and other process heat applications.
The NuScale Power Module can generate 77 megawatts of electricity (MWe) using a safer, smaller, and scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology. Their scalable design—a NuScale power plant can house up to four, six, or 12 individual power modules—offers the benefits of carbon-free energy and reduces the financial commitments associated with gigawatt-sized nuclear facilities. In 2020, the company made history as the first ever to receive U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval of its SMR design.
NuScale builds on proven nuclear technology with a focus on integration and simplification. The result is an affordable clean energy solution that provides unparalleled safety, flexibility, reliability and resiliency. The NuScale SMR has set the new rigorously proven safety standard through NuScale’s Triple Crown for Nuclear Plant Safety™. It safely shuts down and self-cools, indefinitely, without the need for operator or computer action, AC or DC power, or additional water—a first for commercial nuclear power.
At the end of this decade, a NuScale power plant will be the cornerstone of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), an initiative spearheaded by the public power consortium Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). The plant will be sited within the 890-square mile site of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The first NuScale Power Module will begin generating energy for the CFPP in mid-2029 and the remaining modules will come online for full plant operation by 2030. NuScale has additional agreements in place with other domestic and international entities related to the potential deployment of its SMR technology worldwide.
Important to this discussion are a couple very important PDF documents created by NuScale. For an expanded understanding of SMRs download the following PDFs:
We have to understand some degree of future NUCLEAR technology in order to PLAN the FUTURE! We
will never solve the need for energy. Conservation is and always will be part of the "all of the above" equation. World population continues to grow regardless of any social planning. SMR technology will provide for sustainable life and economic growth to remote and challenged environmental habitats
throughout the world!
Below a complete NeScale Plant Overview