By Editors of Power Engineering
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Southern Nuclear announced their collaboration with the development and licensing of advance reactors using GEH’s PRISM sodium-cooled reactor design.
Under the agreement, the companies aim to participate in future advanced reactor licensing projects through the U.S. Department of Energy.
“The relationship with GE Hitachi is an exciting step on our continued journey towards maintaining nuclear energy’s key position in providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for future generations,” said Stephen Kuczynski, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Nuclear. “We are fully committed to moving the industry forward, and by pursuing this goal together, we are best able to leverage our combined strengths in research and commercial operations to bring advanced nuclear technology to market.”
PRISM, which was developed with the help of EBR-II, a fast reactor prototype which was developed by Argonne National Laboratory and operated for more than 30 years in Idaho Falls, Idaho, extracts energy from used nuclear fuel.