Small Modular Reactor (SMR)

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

TechnicAtome, au sein d’un partenariat français soutenu par l’Etat, développe un SMR qui s’appuiera sur une chaufferie de moins de 200 MWe. Réunis autour d’EDF, chef de file de la filière électronucléaire française, TechnicAtome, le CEA et NAVAL Group travaillent au développement de cette offre française baptisée NUWARDtm.


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.


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

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