Westinghouse Electric Company today announced its continued cooperation with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) to reduce lead times required to manufacture small modular reactors (SMR). The reductions would be made possible through design efficiencies, which would also reduce costs to customers.
Earlier this year, Nuclear AMRC conducted its first advanced manufacturing research study on the Westinghouse SMR’s Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV), one of the largest and most demanding parts of any reactor. The study concluded that Westinghouse’s design had the potential to be efficiently manufactured in the UK, a significant growth market for Westinghouse.
“Greater R&D focus on technologies surrounding SMR manufacture, from follow-up studies such as this, will reduce the risk, minimize the lead times, whilst significantly optimizing cost and quality delivery performance,” said Mike Tynan, chief executive officer, Nuclear AMRC. “Design for assembly is one such area of interest which has the potential to significantly reduce construction costs and time, by minimizing the amount of labor required on site.”
Westinghouse has been explicit in its commitment to partner with the UK government to deploy the company’s SMR technology, and transition the UK from a buyer of the latest nuclear energy technology to a global provider of it. The company has met the requirements necessary to manufacture fuel for the Westinghouse SMR in the UK, something no other SMR technology provider currently offers.