NuScale Power’s SMR to be Certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Recent updates from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) indicate NuScale Power is in for some good news. The NRC have indicated they will certify NuScale’s 50-MWe (160 MWth) small modular reactor (SMR) design.

NuScale submitted an application in December 2016 for their standard SMR design. After 6 years of review and debate, the certification will officially designate the design as meeting the agency’s stringent safety requirements. Once finalized, the NRC will publish their ruling in the Federal Register and the certification will take effect 30 days thereafter.

Once certified, NuScale’s SMR will become only the seventh reactor design certification awarded by this regulatory body. That means only 7 designs have been issued safe to use in the U.S. 

This certification won’t be the first milestone for the company as they became the first SMR to receive a final safety evaluation report (FSER) from the NRC as a part of a Phase 6 review. This milestone was hit on August 28, 2020. 

While awaiting this certification, NuScale has been hard at work redefining nuclear power. The company recently announced a new business collaboration agreement with National Technical Systems (NTS) which will work to establish an Equipment Qualification (EQ) Test Chamber. This technology, built by NTS, will allow NuScale to mimic the range of environmental conditions under which NuScale equipment is required to function in order to meet U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant-specific requirements. The company continually works towards their goals of developing technology to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, commercial-scale hydrogen production and other process heat applications. 

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