Ultra Electronics and NuScale to introduce new SMR safety system in US and UK

12 February 2017 (Last Updated February 12th, 2017 18:30)

UK-based Ultra Electronics, Nuclear Control Systems has successfully conducted the acceptance test of the latest NuScale Power Module protection system built for US-based small modular reactor (SMR) developer NuScale Power.

UK-based Ultra Electronics, Nuclear Control Systems has successfully conducted the acceptance test of the latest NuScale Power Module protection system built for US-based small modular reactor (SMR) developer NuScale Power.

The new power module protection system will help operate NuScale technology to produce clean, reliable and affordable power in the US and the UK.

NuScale chairman and chief executive officer John Hopkins said: “Ultra Electronics’ knowledge and experience in the area of instrumentation and control (I&C) systems continues to be a powerful asset to NuScale’s SMR design and deployment prospects.”

Earlier this month, factory acceptance tests were conducted at Ultra Electronics’ facility in Wimborne, Dorset.

“We look forward to continuing our work with NuScale and playing a fundamental role in bringing its innovative, cost-effective SMR technology to market.”

Witnessed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the tests demonstrated the capabilities of the NuScale protection system in managing safety-critical issues related to the operation of the technology.

Ultra Electronics chief executive Rakesh Sharma said: “Our success in developing this critical safety component is a testament to the expertise of both companies, which complement each other very well.

“We look forward to continuing our work with NuScale and playing a fundamental role in bringing its innovative, cost-effective SMR technology to market.”

The new power module protection system has been developed in order to eliminate chances of unnecessary complexity, reduce both capital and operational costs, as well as enhance safety and lower risk.

Development of NuScale’s advanced SMR safety system is a major step in the realisation of the company’s latest technology, which will be manufactured and installed in the US and UK by the mid-2020s.