LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- NuScale Power LLC is being joined by Rolls-Royce in its bid for U.S. Department of Energy funding to commercialize scalable, small modular reactor technology.
"Rolls-Royce is pleased to support NuScale Power in its submission to the U.S. DOE Small Reactor Development Program," said Jason Smith, president of Rolls-Royce's nuclear business area. "Rolls-Royce has a large U.S. manufacturing footprint and a rich 50-year nuclear heritage spanning reactor and component design and manufacture through to operational support, obsolescence management and plant life extension.
"The combination of skills and experience that sits within both organizations is world class and proven across the global energy sector."
The DOE, through its small modular reactor program aims to accelerate timelines for the commercialization and deployment of SMR technologies. Its latest funding opportunity is focused on optimizing SMR efficiency, operations and designs through solutions for enhanced safety, operations and performance.
The opportunity is a cost-sharing arrangement for projects that have the potential for licensing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and to begin commercial operations in about 12 years.
Rolls-Royce said U.S.-based NuScale Power has developed a proprietary technology for simple, safe, economic, and a scalable small modular reactor using proven light water reactor technology.