Westinghouse advances nuclear fuel technology and manufacturing in the UK

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Westinghouse Electric Company received a grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the development of advanced nuclear fuels.

In cooperation with Urenco Ltd. Westinghouse will conduct a pre-front-end engineering design study for a safe and reliable supply of advanced TRi structural isotropic (TRISO) fuels to support a range of potential high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR). technologies under development. Westinghouse is also being supported in this study by TRISO-X, LLC.

“This award is an important step in creating commercial production of advanced fuels in the UK at our Springfields facility for tomorrow’s reactors,” said Patrick Fragman, President and CEO of Westinghouse. “We look forward to partnering with Urenco for their global leadership in enrichment, in support of UK energy security and net zero carbon goals. We also welcome the support of TRISO-X and their valuable experience in producing advanced TRISO fuels.”

Boris Schucht, CEO of Urenco, said: “The security of the energy supply and the achievement of crucial climate protection goals require the further development of the nuclear fuel cycle. This also includes focusing on the production of the next generation of fuels. Urenco is committed to this development and looks forward to working with the UK nuclear industry and government to deliver improved service to global utilities and wider benefits to society.”

Pete Pappano, President of TRISO-X, said: “The deployment of TRISO’s next generation fuel manufacturing facility at Springfields is an important step towards the UK’s goals of decarbonisation and energy independence. TRISO-X is pleased to support this grant with our state-of-the-art process knowledge.”

The work will be carried out at Springfields Fuels Ltd.’s Westinghouse facility. in Preston, Lancashire, which has world-class nuclear fuel manufacturing expertise in the UK. Fuel produced in Springfields has supported reactors locally and globally for more than 70 years.

Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of zero-carbon energy by delivering safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities worldwide. Westinghouse delivered the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957, and the company’s technology powers nearly half of the world’s operating nuclear power plants. Over 135 years of innovation make Westinghouse the preferred partner for advanced technologies spanning the entire nuclear energy lifecycle. For more information, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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