Small Modular Reactor (SMR)

With its long experience in compact nuclear reactors, TechnicAtome innovates by designing a small modular power reactor.

TechnicAtome, within a French partnership supported by the State, is developing an SMR that will be based on a boiler plant of less than 200 MWe. Gathered around EDF, leader of the French nuclear power industry, TechnicAtome, the CEA and NAVAL Group are working on the development of this French offer called NUWARD™.

SMR

An innovative reactor:

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Easy to build

Thanks to a simplified design, both in its general architecture and in the design of its components.

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Easy to assemble

By virtue of its modular design, its compactness and its integrated architecture.

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Allowing a new approach to safety

With the innovations used in it, the SMR has passive safety mechanisms, meets all the Generation 3 safety requirements and offers additional margins.

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Easy to operate

The assembly of several modules makes for flexibility in operation and maintenance.

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Responding to a number of needs:

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First of all, to supply semi-base load electricity to the grid, supporting deployment of renewable energies on the grids, by operating in clusters of several reactors (2, 4, 6 or even 8)

And also

  • Supplying power to isolated sites
  • Specific local needs

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The innovations mean that it will take only three years to build a SMR module

Stages of the project:

  • 2012-2014 : Upstream feasibility studies
  • mid 2017 to mid 2019 : pre-APS (Preliminary Design)
  • mid 2019 to late 2022 : Preliminary Design and setting up an international cooperation scheme
  • 2022 – 2025 : Basic Design
  • 2025 – 2030 : Advanced concept phase - certification - construction of the industrial chain
  • 2030 : Construction of the first-off