Westinghouse unveils new small nuclear reactor

Published on May 08, 2023 by Liz Carey

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On Thursday, Westinghouse Electric Company announced it had launched its latest nuclear technology – a small modular reactor.

The AP300, a 300-MWe single-loop pressurized water reactor, is scaled from the company’s AP1000 reactor and is an ultra-compact, modular-constructed unit. The new model will leverage the company’s experience and supply chain while proven O&M procedures and best practices learned from the AP1000’s nearly two decades of operations, officials said.

“The AP300 is the only small modular reactor offering available that is based on deployed, operating and advanced reactor technology,” Patrick Fragman, president and CEO of Westinghouse, said. “The launch of the AP300 SMR rounds out the Westinghouse portfolio of reactor technology, allowing us to deliver on the full needs of our customers globally, with a clear line of sight on schedule of delivery and economics.”

The new reactor is designed using the company’s Gen III+ technology which has already been approved in the United States, Great Britain, and China, as well as being in compliance with European Utility Requirements (EUR) standards for nuclear power plants.

The company said the AP300 will provide reliable, safe, and clean electricity, as well as applications like district heating and water desalination. The company said it is ideally suited for integration with renewable resources and will pave the way toward the hydrogen economy through cost-effective, clean production of hydrogen integrated with the plant. Design certification is expected in 2027, which will be followed by site-specific licensing and construction toward the first unit by the end of the decade.