B&W's next generation nuclear reactor test site

B&W’s next generation nuclear reactor test site in Bedford County is now fully operational.

Our partner organization, The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER), is host to Babcock & Wilcox’s Generation mPower small modular nuclear reactor. According to B&W this is the world’s only operational, design-specific test facility for small modular reactors. The test site is now fully operational after months of low level power testing.

Babcock & Wilcox’s nuclear reactor testing facility reached full operating conditions July 12, meaning it can test its next-generation reactor design at full pressure and temperature of an actual reactor.

Wednesday’s announcement by the company acknowledged the first time its Generation mPower small modular reactor design had reached this stage.

The testing is performed at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Bedford County.

Work started on the Integrated System Test at the CAER in 2010 and testing starting in February. Jud Simmons, spokesman for B&W, said since February the company has been testing lower levels of power before reaching this mark.

“We’ve been going through a start-up program in which we’ve been ramping up the power so we could get to this point,” he said.

The mPower reactor is capable of generating 180 megawatts of electricity and multiple reactors can be located on one site. The company plans to submit its design application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the end of 2013.

The reactor test is heated electrically to simulate the energy generated by a real nuclear core…” (Read more at Work It Lynchburg)

View the official B&W press release: here.

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