Available for a Wide Range of Commercial and Government Applications
NuScale’s 45 MWe size and multi-module plant design permits a high degree of flexibility
for deployment in support of both electrical and non-electrical applications, giving
it a wide reach to many energy markets.
Electric Generation - Each NuScale Power Module produces >45 MWe, and up
to 12 modules can be located at a single NuScale power plant. Hence, this technology
can be used in response to either new small-demand or large-grid markets that have
low demand growth rates. The scalability feature also makes the technology well-suited as a replacement for retiring coal-fired plants, most of which are less than
300 MWe. Because only one module is refueled at a time, a multi-module plant can
provide continuous power throughout the plant lifetime. NuScale estimates that the
plant’s full power output will be available >95 percent of the time – making it
one of the most reliable electric generation systems available.
Cogeneration - After steam from the reactor module passes through the turbine,
it cools in the condenser and returns to the steam generator for reheating. The
NuScale power plant design allows a portion of the steam to be extracted from the
turbine and re-routed for use in a range of low temperature, low pressure applications,
such as water desalination and district heating. In addition to this conventional
approach to co-generation, a multi-module NuScale plant can also co-generate at
the plant level by designing for some modules to produce only electricity, while
other modules produce only steam for non-electrical applications.
Process Steam or Heat - A NuScale Power Module produces 160 MWt of steam
for industrial applications, such as for chemical processing, enhanced oil recovery,
or for use in producing synthetic fuels. As with co-generation, some modules can
be dedicated to electricity production while other modules provide steam and heat
to support industrial processes. This feature makes the NuScale design especially
well-suited for hybrid energy applications in which multiple energy sources are
integrated with multiple energy consuming processes to form a highly optimized and
Government Applications - Individual NuScale Power Modules can be deployed for remote installations or for military bases to permit energy self-sufficiency for mission-critical installations. In addition, non-carbon generating nuclear energy can help DOD to meet or exceed the presidential mandate for carbon emissions reductions from federal organizations.