New Projects, Nuclear

EDF Energy’s Float joins Enfission nuclear fuel advisory board

Framatome and Lightbridge Corp. joint venture Enfission LLC announced that EDF Energy has joined the company’s nuclear fuel advisory board.

The Nuclear Fuel Advisory Board was formed in 2011 bringing together senior fuel managers from leading electric utilities which account for about half of the installed nuclear capacity in the U.S. EDF’s Roger Float, nuclear fuel strategy and commercial manager, will represent EDF Energy on the board.

“We welcome the opportunity to join NUFAB and provide our insight to Enfission, given the unprecedented level of evolution/revolution that fuel design is ,” Float said. “Specifically, there are a number of potential benefits the fuel could bring to the nuclear industry including improved economics, power uprates, longer fuel cycles, as well as enhanced safety benefits.”

The 50-50 venture between Lightbridge and Framatome was established in January 2018 to complete the development, regulatory licensing, and commercial deployment worldwide of nuclear fuel assemblies based on multi-lobe metallic twisted fuel technology.

“We are honored to welcome EDF Energy, represented by Roger Float, a senior nuclear industry executive, to NUFAB,” said Seth Grae, CEO of Enfission, in a statement. “EDF Energy brings insight and expertise that will be valuable towards the development and qualification of Lightbridge Fuel.”

EDF, part of French utility giant EDF Group, is the largest owner and operator of nuclear power plants around the world. One of its projects is the Hinkley Point C construction effort in the United Kingdom.

Nuclear executives with Duke, Dominion, Exelon and Southern Co. are also part of the Enfission nuclear fuels advisory board.