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PostPosted: Feb 20, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Westinghouse is developing a new Reactor to be deployed within 6 years:

Westinghouse eVinci Micro Reactor

Knowns:
- 200 kWe to 25 MWe
- 10 years core life
- 600C high temperature
- cooled by liquid metal heat pipes

Unknowns:
- spectrum (fast?)
- enrichment level


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PostPosted: Feb 21, 2018 3:15 am 
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Interesting. It seems that more and more companies are busy with developing micro-reactors. One such example is the Swedish company LeadCold (https://www.leadcold.com) which is developing a 3 to 10MWe lead-cooled fast reactor, with a focus to supplant diesel generators in the Canadian Arctic. It also claims to have developed a new alloy which mitigates corrosion, one of the major challenges in the development of lead-cooled reactors.


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PostPosted: Feb 21, 2018 3:45 pm 
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This Westinghouse eVinci reactor is somewhat akin to the concepual MegaPower reactor which is being developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), judging from the words 'monolith' and heat pipes.

The LANL MegaPower reactor apparently uses commercial grade LEU-UO2 fuel pellets, according to the following document:

https://ndiastorage.blob.core.usgovclou ... h19349.pdf


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PostPosted: Feb 21, 2018 4:00 pm 
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I worry that most of these concepts are going to get overatken by advances in power semiconductors.

The number of off-grid locations shrink every year, HVDC Light and similar technologies have seen to that.


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