Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that its eVinci™ micro reactor was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Pele, a mobile nuclear reactor prototyping program. The funding will be used to finalize the design for a prototype of Westinghouse’s defense-eVinci (DeVinci™) mobile nuclear power plant (MNPP).
“We are honored to participate in this strategically important program,” said Patrick Fragman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company. “Mobile nuclear reactors offer clean, flexible, and reliable power for our customers. We are now developing technology to provide energy security for the Department of Defense, bringing our exciting concept to realization.”
Westinghouse’s eVinci™ micro reactor is a next-generation, very small modular reactor for decentralized generation markets. The DoD’s mobile nuclear reactor prototype project expands upon the transportable capabilities of the eVinci micro reactor by allowing for operations via a mobile platform utilizing standard military transportation. The eVinci™ micro reactor is designed to operate for many years, eliminating the need for frequent refueling. The innovative passive safety features of the design allow the reactor to operate and achieve safe shutdown without the need for additional controls, external power source or operator intervention, enabling highly autonomous operation.
For additional information about Westinghouse and this project, please visit http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/New-Plants/eVinci-Micro-Reactor.
Westinghouse Electric Company is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants. For more information, please visit www.westinghousenuclear.com.
SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company