Small Modular Reactors

In late November 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced its decision to award the Babcock & Wilcox Company to receive government funding in support of commercializing Small Modular Reactors (SMR), a new generation of nuclear power plants. B&W will receive funding that will support accelerated development of its B&W mPower™ SMR technology.  Also see: Nuclear industry looks toward smaller reactors, USA Today, November 27, 2012.

For more information about small modular reactors visit:

World Nuclear Association

International Atomic Energy Agency

NuScale Power

This website includes a video showing how their light water reactor operates as well as a video depicting a 540MW electric power plant housing 12 SMRs, a detailed diagram along with an explanation of NuScale’s SMR is also available.


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