NuScale small modular reactor design becomes first to get NRC safety approval

Utility Dive: NuScale's customers can move forward with plants, knowing that the NRC has approved the safety aspects of the company's design.

The NRC issued a safety evaluation for a 50-Megawatt (MW) module design submitted as part of NuScale's SMR design certification application at the end of 2016. The design uses "passive" processes of gravity and convection, instead of pumped coolant, said Chris Colbert, NuScale's chief strategy officer. By using natural circulation, a reactor could be shut down without water, power or intervention from a computer or operator in the event of an emergency, he said.

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