NuScale Passes 100-Patent Mark For Small Modular Reactor Technology

NuScale Passes 100-Patent Mark For Small Modular Reactor Technology

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 6:00 am PST

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the recent validation of its evacuated containment patents in the US, Europe and Asia, NuScale Power, LLC, announced today that its portfolio now contains 108 patents granted or pending in 17 North American, European and Asian countries.

NuScale’s robust patent development and protection program actively identifies and protects its designs and innovations in nuclear technology—focusing on key innovations for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). NuScale’s portfolio includes patent filings related to advanced safety features, enhanced fuel performance, SMR scalability and modularity, and many other nuclear innovations.

In June, NuScale announced it had received a US Patent for its Steam Generator Flow By-Pass System which relates to a system for removing decay heat from its reactor.

In April, NuScale announced a major technological breakthrough whereby the NuScale Power Module does not require any operator action, electrical power—alternate current (AC) or direct current (DC)—nor additional water beyond system inventory, to achieve indefinite cooling in a station blackout condition, like that encountered at Fukushima Daiichi.

About NuScale Power, LLC

NuScale Power, LLC, is developing an inherently safe, modular, scalable commercial nuclear power technology. Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), a global engineering, procurement and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power, is the majority investor in NuScale. NuScale's design offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power but takes away the issues presented by the cost of installing large capacity. A nuclear power plant using NuScale's technology is comprised of individual nuclear power modules; each produces 45 megawatts of electricity with its own combined containment vessel and reactor system, and its own designated turbine-generator set. A power plant can include as many as 12 NuScale integral PWR modules to produce as much as 540 megawatts. The reactors are cooled by the natural convection of water and can be shut down safely without pumps or other mechanical systems. NuScale power plants are scalable - additional modules are added as customer demand for electricity increases. NuScale's technology also is ideally suited to supply energy for district heating, desalination and other applications. For more information visit:


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