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 backed by the State, is developing a SMR that will use a steam supply system of less than 200 MWe. Under the aegis of EDF, leader of the French nuclear power industry, TechnicAtome, CEA and NAVAL Group are working on the development of this French offering.
An innovative reactor:
Easy to build
Thanks to a simplified design, both in its general architecture and in the design of its components.
Easy to assemble
By virtue of its modular design, its compactness and its integrated architecture.
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.
Easy to operate
The assembly of several modules makes for flexibility in operation and maintenance.
Responding to a number of needs:
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)
- Supplying power to isolated sites
- Specific local needs
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