Westinghouse has announced it has submitted a project proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) for a Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) intended to make nuclear power generation safer and more flexible.
The proposal comes in response to the DOE’s intended investment in advanced reactor concepts that can be demonstrated by 2035.
The Westinghouse-led project team includes representatives from universities, the private sector and the national laboratory system who have expertise in the design and commercialization of LFR power plants. The project seeks to evolve Generation IV reactor technology that can be powered using Westinghouse fuel, a fuel source that advances innovation in what the industry calls “accident tolerant” fuels. The use of lead as a coolant will also enhance the reactor’s safety level, while lowering construction costs and increasing operating efficiencies.
“Westinghouse’s vision is to be the first to innovate the next technology, and we believe an LFR plant will be the next advanced reactor technology to be deployed,” said Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick.
The Westinghouse LFR plant would also include load-following capabilities in support of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.