NuScale and NTS Sign Equipment Qualification Test Chamber Agreement: New Nuclear


July 28, 2022

Technology developed by National Technical Systems (NTS) will allow NuScale Power Corporation to mimic the range of environmental conditions in which its small modular reactors must operate to meet United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and nuclear-specific requirements. the power plant.

What a NuScale SMR factory might look like (Image: NuScale)

The business collaboration agreement means that the Equipment Qualification (EQ) test chamber will be developed by NTS at its facility in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, to “ultimately support critical testing for the ‘equipment…on a schedule that allows for the timely delivery of NuScale Power Modules to customers by 2027’.

NTS has over four decades of experience working in the nuclear industry, including safety valve testing, repair services, and fuel and fluid testing. He has also collaborated with NASA’s Apollo 11 and Artemis space programs as well as with the ITER fusion reactor, under construction in France.

The NuScale Power Module, a pressurized water reactor with all components for steam generation and heat exchange integrated into a single 77 MWe unit, is the first SMR design to receive US Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval . A 12-module VOYGR-12 plant is capable of generating 924 MWe; the company also offers four-module (308 MWe) VOYGR-4 and six-module (462 MWe) VOYGR-6 plants, as well as other configurations according to customer requirements.

Scott Bailey, Vice President, Supply Chain at NuScale, said, “This collaboration agreement marks another milestone in our company’s progress toward the global deployment of our industry-leading SMR technology. With NTS’ expertise in nuclear-related testing and engineering along with NuScale’s innovative design, both companies will demonstrate compliance with all industry requirements when qualifying equipment.”

Brad Ferguson, NTS Director of Strategic Development, Nuclear Division, said, “NTS is honored that NuScale has chosen NTS to partner with to shape the future of the nuclear power industry. We look forward to strengthening the industry alongside NuScale as we push the boundaries of technology. together.”

Research and writing by World Nuclear News


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