GE Hitachi signs MOU in UK to further deployment of PRISM nuclear reactor

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) on May 29 said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Manchester, in which the university will provide GEH with technical knowledge and input to the potential deployment of GEH's innovative PRISM reactor.

The PRISM reactor is based on technology that was demonstrated in a fast reactor in the U.S. called the EBR II that operated for 30 years. GEH said the PRISM reactor is designed to disposition the UK's growing plutonium stockpile while at the same time generating 600 MW of electricity.

The MOU follows the announcement in April that GEH and the National Nuclear Laboratory intend to collaborate for the purpose of exploring the support of potential UK business partners to deploy PRISM technology at Sellafield.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has contracted GEH to carry out feasibility work in a number of key areas including the proposed commercial structure, disposability of the fuel, risk transfer model, costs and licensability of GEH's PRISM offering.

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