GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will work together under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the potential of deploying a prototype of GEH’s Generation IV PRISM reactor,.

The work will form a part of a proposed demonstration of small modular reactor technologies at the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River site.

The MoU allows for continued discussions on the potential US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing and deployment of a 299MW PRISM reactor at the federally owned facility.

The reactor design completed NRC pre-application reviews in 1994, is an advanced, Generation IV reactor technology that builds on US research and development of sodium-cooled reactors.

The PRISM technology features the capacity to generate additional electricity from recycling used nuclear fuel.