NuScale selected to power data centers

October 10, 2023, 12:01PMNuclear News

Standard Power, a provider of infrastructure as a service to advanced data processing companies, has chosen NuScale Power as the technology provider for its plans to develop two small modular reactor–powered facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania to run nearby data centers, the Portland, Ore.-based SMR developer announced on October 3.

Entra1 Energy, an independent global energy development and production company, will support the two Standard Power projects. NuScale formed a global strategic alliance with Entra1 in September 2022 to commercialize its SMR technology. Through that partnership, Entra1 has the rights to develop, manage, own, and operate energy production plants powered by NuScale.

Specifics: Based on Standard Power’s plans for the two facilities, NuScale will end up providing 24 units of 77-MWe modules, collectively producing 1,848 MWe of clean energy from both the Ohio and Pennsylvania sites. According to NuScale, the two projects will represent a significant economic boost for their respective communities. Standard Power estimates that each proposed SMR-powered data center project will employ a significant number of skilled workers during the construction period, with a focus on union labor.

Official words: “We see a lot of legacy baseload grid capacity going off line with a lack of new sustainable baseload generation options on the market, especially as power demand for artificial intelligence–computing and data centers is growing,” said Maxim Serezhin, Standard Power’s founder and chief executive officer. “We look forward to working with Entra1 and NuScale to deploy NuScale’s proven SMR technology to deliver carbon-free, baseload energy to address this large gap in the generation market. By bringing together ENTRA1’s superior strengths in project development and investment with NuScale’s proven SMR technology, consumers can reduce their emissions footprint and help meet decarbonization goals while delivering the reliable 24/7 service to energy consumers.”

Clayton Scott, NuScale’s chief commercial officer, added, “With power demand growing in the semiconductor, AI [artificial intelligence], data, and other tech sectors, Entra1 and NuScale are uniquely positioned to supply baseload and reliable power.”

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