A test facility billed as the first of its kind is now operational in Virginia to study the mPower small modular reactor design.
a release Wednesday, Babcock and Wilcox announced its Integrated System
Test facility in Bedford County, Va., has achieved full operating
validation facilities like the IST are critical to our country’s
ability to bring an innovative nuclear reactor to market and help meet
the growing power generation needs of the U.S. and the world," Babcock
and Wilcox mPower President Christofer M. Mowry said in the
company can now test systems within the 180 megawatt SMR design under
real-life conditions. It is built to full scale and uses electricity to
create the heat that would be produced by uranium fuel. According to
B&W, both primary and secondary systems have achieved full reactor
operating pressures and temperatures since commissioning in February.