Westinghouse to begin testing SMR in S.C., applies for DOE funding

Westinghouse Electric Co. has completed the manufacturing and assembly of two nuclear fuel test assemblies for the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR) at its Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in Columbia, S.C., the company announced today in a press release.

Final preparations are now being performed on the two fuel assemblies before hydraulic testing begins, where SMR reactor operation will be simulated to confirm acceptable performance of the fuel design. Hydraulic testing of the fuel designs will continue through August 2013.
Additionally, Westinghouse submitted its proposal in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to accelerate the deployment of SMR technology.

The Westinghouse SMR is a 225 MWe integral pressurized water reactor (PWR), with all primary components located inside of the reactor vessel.  It utilizes passive safety systems, as well as modular construction techniques – many of which are already licensed in the AP1000 reactor – to achieve the highest level of safety and reduced number of components required.

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