The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved an application to build the country’s first commercial nuclear reactor, Associated Press reported on September 2.
The small modular reactor was designed by NuScale Power from Portland and will be implemented by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems at the U.S. Department of Energy in eastern Idaho.
It is expected that a total of 12 such reactors will be built: the first in 2029 and the rest in 2030.
“This is a milestone not only for NuScale, but for the entire U.S. nuclear sector and other advanced nuclear technologies that will follow,” said NuScale chairman and CEO John Hopkins.
According to him, designed small reactors can produce about 60 MW of energy – enough to power over 50,000 homes. They also have enhanced security features, including self-cooling and automatic shutdown.
On August 19, experts of Moody’s Investors Service agency presented a report according to which global climate change creates risks for the US nuclear industry. Experts have assessed 57 U.S. nuclear power plants in terms of their preparedness for possible natural threats in the next 20 years. It turned out that most of the plants are not ready for the abnormal heat.