Partners in Innovation
Since 2012, NuScale has engaged in more than 20 research projects at a geographically diverse number of universities, including two international universities. The growing relationship between NuScale and the academic community is a natural partnership spurred by a mutual spirit of imagination, creativity and innovation. The university projects have spanned a wide range of topics from the measurement of fundamental physics parameters to the modeling of the economic benefits of our “economies of small”.
Although a few of the projects have been strategic investments by NuScale, most are funded by federal agencies, prominently the US Department of Energy (DOE). The annual DOE solicitation for proposals to the Nuclear Energy Universities Program (NEUP) routinely includes research scope associated with small modular reactors. University bidders are anxious to align with NuScale because of the novelty of the design balanced with a compelling functionality and near-term practicality. This gives NuScale the added benefit of leveraging additional funding paths to support our mission, as well as the opportunity to further catalyze our spirit of innovation that has always characterized NuScale Power.
Brief descriptions of completed and currently active projects:
|Boise State||Modeling economies of small||Conducted a comprehensive assessment of cost savings resulting from design simplifications and modularization.||Completed|
|Boise State||Independent LCOE model||Create an independent LCOE model for NuScale plant appropriate for selected US and international locations.||Active|
|Colorado School of Mines||Risk and reliability methods||General engagement with CSM related to the teaching and developing of risk and reliability methods for advanced SMR design process.||Active|
|Colorado School of Mines||Additive manufacturing||Perform irradiation testing and evaluation of material samples produced from additive manufacturing process.||Active|
|Houston||Periodic materials for seismic isolation||Study applicability of periodic materials to provide building isolation from seismic events.||Active|
|Idaho||Evaluation of sub-surface cooling||Technical and economic evaluation of using sub-surface piping for condenser cooling to reduce water consumption.||Active|
|Kansas State||Senior Design Class||Develop 5 MW mobile reactor module using NuScale design philosophy.||Active|
|MIT||Full-scale MC simulation of NuScale||Performed full-scale simulation of NuScale SMR on leadership class computers using OpenMC||Completed|
|Oregon State||Integral reactor containment condensation model||Experimentally and analytically examine high-pressure steam condensation in a steel containment vessel under forced and natural convective flows.||Active|
|POLIMI (Italy)||Safety analysis and validation||Supported 3-month internship of Marco Colombo in 2012.||Completed|
|Sheffield (UK)||Student exchange w/OSU||Student exchange program between OSU and Sheffield. Three students participated in 2016.||Active|
|Tennessee||Natural circulation test loop||Co-sponsored the design and construction of a natural circulation test loop in support of a senior design class project.||Completed|
|Tennessee||Cyber security at nuclear power plants||Develop on-line monitoring technologies to improve digital I&C resilience at nuclear power plants.||Active|
|Texas A&M||Tritium production||Assessed the suitability of using a NuScale plant to produce tritium for defense program.||Completed|
|Utah||Industry Advisory Board||Participate on the University of Utah's NE program Industry Advisory Board.||Active|
|Wisconsin||Experimental study of CHF correlations||Developed CHF correlations for typical environments within integral SMRs with natural circulation flow.||Completed|
|Wisconsin||IRP Industry Advisory Board||Serve on the Industry Advisory Board for a research project to develop new sensors and instrumentation system to support transient fuel testing in TREAT.||Active|
|Wyoming||Nuclear heat for coal drying||Explore options for drying and detoxifying coal using nuclear-supplied heat with passivation.||Active|
In addition to our strong collaboration with universities, NuScale has also engaged in research collaborations with 17 different companies and 8 national laboratories. Numerous parties have validated NuScale’s SMR technology:
- Western Initiative for Nuclear (WIN) – A program supported by a multi-western state collaboration to demonstrate and deploy NuScale Small Modular Reactor power plants in six Western United States.
- The Carbon-Free Power Project (CFPP) – A specific project within the WIN Program undertaken by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and Energy Northwest to develop the first power plant based on the NuScale Small Modular Reactor design.
- NuScale Advisory Board (NuAB) – A group of 28 member companies who provide guidance from on technical, regulatory, and commercial issues on NuScale’s path to commercialization.
- The NuScale Technical Advisory Board (TAB) – A small group of highly experienced, independent experts providing objective input to NuScale on design, operations, maintenance, regulations, and safety.