AREVA completes fuel testing for nuclear reactor developer TerraPower


TerraPower is moving forward with the development of a 600 megawatt-electric prototype reactor, known as the TWR-P. AREVA Inc. has successfully concluded fuel fabrication and testing services for the nuclear energy technology company TerraPower®. Founded in 2006 by a group of investors, including Bill Gates, TerraPower is developing a 600 MWe nuclear reactor prototype.

AREVA performed these testing services at its Richland, Wash., facility, where the company manufactures nuclear fuel for more than 30 reactors worldwide.

“Thanks to AREVA’s comprehensive offer and proven expertise, TerraPower selected our company for this important step in the advancement of their prototype reactor,” said Ron Land, senior vice president of AREVA’s Fuel business unit, U.S. region. “We remain committed to supplying the nuclear industry with safe, high-quality and economic fuel services that meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

AREVA offers a complete range of testing services necessary to support fabrication, validation and licensing of various nuclear fuel designs.

TerraPower’s Prototype Reactor

TerraPower anticipates start-up of the TWR-P nuclear reactor prototype around 2022. This is the next step in the journey to full commercialization and deployment of the traveling wave reactor (TWR). The TWR-P builds upon many features of fast reactors designed in France, Japan, Germany, China, Russia and the United States. TerraPower’s team has advanced traditional fast reactor designs to obtain better core physics, a closed-loop fuel cycle and enhanced safety systems. This makes the TWR-P one of the most advanced designs among today’s fourth generation of reactors. In addition to producing energy for the grid, the TWR-P is expected to accomplish these goals:

  • Demonstrate the first electricity-producing TWR.
  • Confirm our traveling wave design.
  • Demonstrate key plant equipment.
  • Serve as the last step in our fuels and materials qualification program.
  • Provide the technical, licensing and economic basis for future generations of TWRs.

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