Nuclear, O&M, Reactors

Babock & Wilcox, TerraPower to collaborate on Generation IV nuclear technology

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W, NYSE: BWC) and TerraPower have signed a memorandum of understanding for a collaboration supporting the development of TerraPower’s Generation IV traveling wave reactor (TWR). According to B&W, the TWR is a safe, economic and sustainable nuclear energy system that utilizes advanced materials for more durable metallic fuels and supercomputing for advanced comprehensive modeling.

B&W will provide support to TerraPower on the TWR commercial reactor plant design as it enters the preliminary design phase. The design is a 1,150-MW liquid sodium-cooled fast reactor that uses depleted uranium as fuel.

B&W will provide TerraPower with services and program support in multiple areas. Those areas may include design and fabrication of engineered components, fuel fabrication process development, reactor design engineering, reactor design engineering, reactor operations support, staff augmentation, engineering services, flow loop testing, licensing support and materials testing.

Unlike B&W’s mPower, a Generation III++ small modular reactor based on pressurized water reactor technology and standard fuel enriched to  5 percent, TerraPower’s TWR is a larger reactor based on Generation IV technology and designed to use depleted uranium as fuel.

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