Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to bring its eVinci microreactor closer to commercialisation.
The agreement initiates a Vendor Design Review (VDR) which is a pre-licensing technical assessment of the design. Westinghouse will execute both Phases 1 and 2 of the VDR as a combined programme. The eVinci microreactor will be 100% factory-built, fuelled and assembled before it is shipped in a container to any location.
The small size allows for standard transportation methods and rapid, on-site deployment while the reactor core is designed to run for three or more years, eliminating the need for frequent refuelling. The key benefits of the micro reactor are attributed to its solid core and advanced heat pipes. The heat pipes enable passive core heat extraction, allowing autonomous operation and inherent load following capabilities. The eVinci micro reactor is designed for government usage allowing for mobile operations utilising standard military transportation vehicles and containers. The nature of the design will allow the reactor to be rapidly transported to sites as needed to create an abundant and resilient power supply to support advanced defence systems.
Image: The eVinci microreactor (courtesy of Westinghouse)