TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy have announced the launch of a small nuclear reactor design made to store power with molten salt. In a statement, TerraPower said its new “advanced” Natrium™ reactor would complement energy transmission systems with high amounts of renewable generation. The system would use a 345MW sodium fast reactor to store energy in a molten salt system. This power storage would allow the plant to increase its total output to 500MW for over five and a half hours, implying a storage capacity of at least 850MWh.
Power Technology 28th Aug 2020 read more »
A nuclear energy venture founded by Bill Gates said Thursday it hopes to build small advanced nuclear power stations that can store electricity to supplement grids increasingly supplied by intermittent sources like solar and wind power. The effort is part of the billionaire philanthropist’s push to help fight climate change, and is targeted at helping utilities slash their emissions of planet-warming gases without undermining grid reliability. TerraPower LLC, which Gates founded 14 years ago, and its partner GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, plan to commercialize stations called Natrium in the United States later this decade, TerraPower’s President and Chief Executive Chris Levesque said.
Reuters 27th Aug 2020 read more »
New modular-based experiment holders developed by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are expected to improve transient testing on nuclear fuels and materials, and enable new clients like NASA to take advantage of the unique capabilities at INL’s Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT).
World Nuclear News 28th Aug 2020 read more »