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CNSC vendor design review of eVinci microreactor to begin
Westinghouse's eVinci microreactor (Image: Westinghouse)
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to bring the eVinci microreactor closer to commercialization, the company announced Tuesday. The agreement initiates a vendor design review (VDR)—a prelicensing technical assessment of a company’s reactor technology.
The objective of a VDR, according to the CNSC, is to verify the acceptability of a nuclear power plant design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards. The review also aims to identify fundamental barriers to licensing a new design in Canada and to assure that a resolution path exists for any design issues identified.
R. Maingi, A. Lumsdaine, J. P. Allain, L. Chacon, S. A. Gourlay, C. M. Greenfield, J. W. Hughes, D. Humphreys, V. Izzo, H. McLean, J. E. Menard, B. Merrill, J. Rapp, O. Schmitz, C. Spadaccini, Z. Wang, A. E. White, B. D. Wirth
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 3 | April 2019 | Pages 167-177
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1565912
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee was charged “to identify the most promising transformative enabling capabilities (TEC) for the U.S. to pursue that could promote efficient advance toward fusion energy, building on burning plasma science and technology.” A subcommittee of U.S. technical experts was formed and received community input in the form of white papers and presentations on the charge questions. The subcommittee identified four “most promising transformative enabling capabilities”:
1. advanced algorithms
2. high critical temperature superconductors
3. advanced materials and manufacturing
4. novel technologies for tritium fuel cycle control.
In addition, one second-tier TEC, defined as a “promising transformative enabling capability,” was identified: fast-flowing liquid-metal plasma-facing components. Each of these TECs presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate fusion science and technology toward power production. Dedicated investment in these TECs for fusion systems is needed to capitalize on the rapid advances being made for a variety of nonfusion applications to fully realize their transformative potential for fusion energy.