Westinghouse announces small modular nuclear reactor
The Westinghouse SMR design uses passive safety systems and other technology to achieve safe electric generation
Pittsburgh, February 21, 2011 — Westinghouse Electric Co. has announced its small modular reactor. The Westinghouse SMR — a 200 MWe-class, integral pressurized water reactor — extends the advances realized in the company’s industry-leading AP1000 reactor design.
The Westinghouse SMR design, the newest to the company’s nuclear reactor portfolio, uses passive safety systems and other technology to achieve safe electric generation, while reducing the number of plant components required.
Dr. Kate Jackson, Westinghouse senior vice president for research and technology and chief technology officer, said that the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor design offers yet another option for providing a safe, affordable and secure source of clean-air energy to the world’s rapidly changing and diverse markets.
“The Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor enables us to bring together all that we know about operating nuclear plants, designing and licensing plants, and passive safety into a small design that will provide additional power options for our customers. Westinghouse, with its heritage of nuclear technology firsts, is at the forefront of SMR development in the nuclear industry, providing design, construction and operation certainty that no other SMR supplier can match.”
As part of its commitment to the evolving worldwide SMR market, Westinghouse also is actively working to prepare for the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy SMR program and to be the industry collaborator with the government on this energy initiative.
In addition to Westinghouse expertise in technology integration, the Westinghouse SMR also leverages Westinghouse experience and lessons learned from actual experience with the Westinghouse AP1000 plant design (currently under construction in China).