In a major step toward the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, NuScale Power asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on December 31st, 2016 to approve the company’s small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design. This is a significant milestone for NuScale and the power generation industry as this is the first ever SMR Design Certification Application (DCA) to be submitted to the NRC for review.
The SMR technology is groundbreaking in several respects including: Jobs, Infrastructure, Carbon Emissions, and American technology innovation. NuScale SMR’s will supply affordable, clean, and reliable power in scalable plants that can be constructed in areas where it was not previously feasible. Once approved by the NRC, NuScale SMR plants will create thousands of jobs in manufacturing, construction, and operation. Additionally, exporting nuclear technology will reestablish U.S. global leadership in nuclear technology and pave the way for the deployment of other advanced nuclear technologies.
American Security Project has been following NuScale and SMR technology over the years. SMRs are a potential way to expand clean, safe nuclear energy, as ASP wrote in our report “Small Modular Reactors: A Possible Path Forward for Nuclear Power.” The successful submission of the DCA marks an exciting new development in nuclear technology that will be vital for mankind’s future energy needs. The NRC certification process is predicted to take approximately 40 months to complete, with NuScale projecting their commercial operations to commence in 2026.