AREVA, NuScale tout fuel design for small modular reactor

AREVA Inc. and NuScale Power announced March 31 that the modified AREVA HTP-2 fuel design for NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) technology will be named NuFuel HTP2™.

The announcement was made this week during NuScale’s tri-annual Advisory Board meeting (NuAB) in Corvallis, OR, and follows an agreement signed by the companies in December 2015 for AREVA to design and manufacture the fuel assemblies.

“As we prepare documentation for our Design Certification Application, we needed a name for our fuel product that we could use consistently with the NRC while also building name recognition with our customers,” said Mike McGough, NuScale’s chief commercial officer.

Since winning the second round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s competitively-bid, cost-sharing program in December 2013, interest in participating in NuAB has grown and is now comprised of 25 member companies including the owners and operators of nearly two-thirds of the US operating fleet of commercial nuclear power plants. NuAB attendees were provided with technical and regulatory briefings in order to provide guidance to NuScale on the company’s path to commercialization.