CEA, EDF, and Westinghouse to explore potential on SMR

08 October 2019

During the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, CEA, EDF, and Westinghouse Electric Company signed a framework agreement to explore potential cooperation on small modular reactor (SMR) development.

Under the agreement, the three will examine the possibility of combining the long-standing pressurised water reactor (PWR) expertise from both the French NUWARD™ initiative (supported by Naval Group and TechnicAtome together with CEA and EDF) and the Westinghouse SMR design, featuring the industry’s only passive safety technology in operation, to meet the growing world demand for decarbonized, competitive and safe electricity.

As part of this international cooperation framework, the parties will also pursue regulatory and design standardization, which are key for the implementation of a successful SMR design.

The detailed project roadmap will be confirmed in early 2020.

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