Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Nuclear Technology
Fluor is a majority investor in NuScale Power, a small modular reactor (SMR) technology company.
SMRs are defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency as those with an electrical output of less than 300 megawatt electrical (MWe). The modular reactors would be manufactured at a fabrication plant and delivered to a site for installation. Factory production can increase quality, reduce cost, and shorten construction schedules. Capital costs are lower for smaller SMR plants, opening the possibility of nuclear power to a wider group of potential owners. The smaller scale modular design also provides more flexibility for installing at sites in remote locations, or for replacing older fossil plants that are retiring. Due to these benefits, SMRs are drawing a great deal of attention from governments, utilities (large and small), communities, and the nuclear industry.
The NuScale design is unique in many ways. A few examples are its factory manufactured containment, extremely safe passive cooling systems, and scalability from 45 MWe to 540 MWe – a flexibility that no other competing SMR technology can offer. NuScale SMR advantages include:
Safe - NuScale's passive safety systems, using natural circulation for emergency feedwater cooling, eliminates the need for external emergency power. System is submerged in below-ground water pool in earthquake resistant building, making it seismically robust.
Modular - Production of modular component at U.S. and international facilities helps lower costs and reduce lead times and flexible for changing demand volumes.
Scalable - Power generating capacity can be increased as needed by installing additional NuScale modules.
Reliable - Designed for baseload production with capacity factors in excess of 90%.
Off-the-shelf Technologies - Minimizes the need for additional research and development. Simplified design, moving the primary coolant (water) to natural circulation, eliminating the need for primary coolant pumps and external power.
Small electric grid application - The small size allows for applications that cannot accommodate large-scale plants.
Learn about NuScale Power and safe, modular, scalable nuclear power generation at nuscalepower.com.