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Small modular nuclear reactor collaboration

Posted on 09 Nov 2019 and read 1171 times
Small modular nuclear reactor collaborationBased in Wilmington (North Carolina), GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Synthos SA have agreed to collaborate on potential applications for GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Poland.

Synthos — a manufacturer of synthetic rubber and one of the biggest producers of chemical raw materials in Poland — is interested in obtaining ‘affordable on-demand carbon-free electricity from a dependable source’ (www.nuclear.gepower.com).

In a Memorandum of Understanding, the two companies have agreed to investigate the potential to build GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Poland.

Jon Ball, executive vice-president of Nuclear Plant Projects for GEH (pictured), said: “The BWRX-300 is a breakthrough innovation for the industry, where cost has become a significant barrier.

“Through our design-to-cost approach, we are designing the BWRX-300 to be cost-competitive with gas, renewables and other forms of power generation.

"We applaud Synthos for its interest in small modular reactor technology and advocacy of clean-energy options for Poland.”

Michal Solowow, owner of Synthos (part of the largest private industrial group in Poland)(www.synthosgroup.com), said: “Small modular reactors can play a significant role in addressing Poland’s energy challenges and achieving deep decarbonisation.

“Utilising small modular reactors to generate clean energy will improve our chances to move away from coal and have a positive impact on our industry and nation.”