US-based Curtiss-Wright Corporation on 24 June announced that it has been selected to participate in Project SAFARI, a US Department of Energy DOE) project to develop Digital Twin technology for advanced nuclear reactors. Project SAFARI is one of nine initiatives under the Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA)programme sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E GEMINA projects aim to transform operations and maintenance systems in the next generation of nuclear plants through the development of specialised Digital Twin technology.

“As an industry-leading supplier of advanced plant monitoring and diagnostic systems, Curtiss-Wright is uniquely positioned to participate in the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors and other Generation IV projects,” said Lynn M Bamford, President and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. “We are proud to share our broad and diversified nuclear plant monitoring experience and insight in support of the DOE’s Project SAFARI.”

Curtiss-Wright will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, comprising the University of Michigan, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Kairos Power, to develop Digital Twin technology that would allow new NPPs to be constructed and operated more efficiently for increased reliability, safety, and cost savings.

Curtiss-Wright said its technologies are installed in every nuclear power plant in North America and thousands of power generating units worldwide, supported by strong customer relationships.