TerraPower, CNNC to Develop Sodium-Cooled Nuclear Reactor

TerraPower, CNNC to Develop Sodium-Cooled Nuclear Reactor

TerraPower LLC signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Nuclear Corp. to collaborate on development of a sodium-cooled nuclear reactor.
The companies plan to work together to complete the traveling wave reactor (TWR) design and commercialize the TWR technology. The cooperation between the companies is expected to speed technology development and enable global economic growth in the U.S. and China.
The traveling wave sodium-cooled light-water reactor burns fuel made from depleted uranium by converting it through a nuclear reaction without removing the fuel from the reactor’s core. The 600-MW prototype is scheduled for completion in the mid-2020s. The 1,150 MW commercial power plant reactor will follow.
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