Small modular reactor developer NuScale Power has announced the opening of the NuScale Energy Exploration (E2) Center at Oregon State University (OSU).
The E2 Center is designed to offer users a hands-on learning opportunity to apply nuclear science and engineering principles through simulated, real-world nuclear power plant operation scenarios, according to NuScale on November 17. The center employs state-of-the-art computer modeling within a simulator of the NuScale SMR power plant control room, allowing users to take on the role of control room operator at a 12-unit NuScale SMR plant to learn about the features and functionality unique to the company’s SMR technology.
More to come: The E2 Center at OSU is the first of three planned installations of a NuScale power plant control room simulator at U.S. universities. Support for the centers was provided by a grant in 2019 from the Department of Energy. Additional information on the E2 Center is available here.
What they’re saying: “As a cofounder of NuScale Power, I can attest to the enduring power of our partnership with OSU and the spirit of innovation that has driven our collective success to date,” said José Reyes, NuScale’s chief technology officer and professor emeritus in the OSU School of Nuclear Science and Engineering. “NuScale is extremely proud to open the E2 Center, and it is our hope that this learning facility will foster collaborative problem-solving and creative solutions that inspire future energy pioneers for generations to come.”
Scott Ashford, dean of engineering at OSU, commented, “We are thrilled to continue extending the wonderful partnership we’ve had with NuScale over the years. The E2 Center presents a remarkable training opportunity for students in our highly nationally ranked nuclear engineering program.”
NuScale stated in a press releaase, “This collaborative learning environment is a testament to the shared commitment to research, education, and public engagement spurred from a remarkable 20-year partnership between NuScale and OSU.”