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Next generation nuclear fuel design revealed

Next generation nuclear fuel design revealed

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) introduced its next generation fuel design, GNF3.
 
The GNF3 fuel assembly design is designed to be more resistant to debris capture and to exhibit the best available corrosion resistance of any boiling water reactor fuel. GNF3 will be fabricated at GNF’s facility in Wilmington, N.C.
 
“We designed GNF3 to deliver more power while reducing overall fuel cycle costs,” said Amir Vexler, Chief Operator Officer of GNF-Americas. “The enhanced GNF3 design will save utilities money by reducing batch friction, lowering the average enrichment in fuel reloads and extracting more power from the core.”
 
Eight lead use assemblies were loaded and are currently operating in Entergy’s (NYSE: ETR) River Bend Station and Exelon’s (NYSE: EXC) LaSalle County Station in January. GNF3 is expected to be available for full reloads in 2018.

GNF is a joint venture between GE (NYSE: GE), Hitachi and Toshiba.
 
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