During the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, France’s CEA, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome unveiled “NUWARD”, their jointly developed small modular reactor (SMR) project, a pressurized water reactor (PWR)-based solution in the 300-400 MWe range.
NUWARD will benefit from best-in-class French technologies from more than 50 years of experience in PWR design, development, construction and more than 2,000 reactor years of PWR operating experience.
Based on this proven technology, NUWARD will be a modular solution introducing some significant innovations with major benefits to the operator and product’s competitiveness: the compactness and simplicity of an integrated design; flexibility for construction and operation; innovative safety approach in line with world’s best standards.
Skills in research and qualification from CEA, systems integration and operation from EDF, structures and modular experience from Naval Group as well as compact reactor design expertise from TechnicAtome contribute to these objectives.
In line with NUWARD ambition to serve the global market with a competitive solution in the late 2020s, the NUWARD partners are open to international cooperation, notably to foster the harmonization of regulation, the standardization of design and design optimization.
CEA and EDF have initiated discussions with Westinghouse Electric Company to explore potential cooperation on small modular reactor (SMR) development.