Gen4 Energy Team Completes DOE Advanced Reactor R&D Project

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gen4 Energy (GEN4) announced that it has completed the conceptual design and final report for a Natural Circulation Experimental Facility (NCEF) to support the thermal hydraulic testing of a Lead Bismuth cooled, pumped flow Generation IV advanced reactor. This work was the result of a cost share grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research and development on natural circulation designs for advanced nuclear reactors that utilize a lead bismuth coolant. GEN4, a small business based in Denver, Colorado, was selected by DOE in 2013 along with General Electric, Westinghouse and General Atomic as one of the first recipients of a competitively sponsored, industry lead R&D initiative.

Gen4 Energy assembled a strong University, National Laboratory, commercial and international team that included the University of South Carolina; Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho National Laboratory; URS and SRS USA LLC (a subsidiary of SRS Servizi di Ricerche e Sviluppo) to complete the scaling and design for the NCEF.

In October, GEN4 submitted a 5 year plan to the Department of Energy (DOE) to complete the thermal hydraulic testing and model validation for a Lead Bismuth cooled Generation IV reactor. This proposal supports Gen4 Energy’s overall initiative to design, license and test a 25-MWe, LBE Cooled Generation IV prototype reactor by 2030.

GEN4 was founded in 2007, to develop an advanced design nuclear reactor referred to as the Gen4 Module (G4M). The G4M produces 25 MW of electricity to power remote mining or oil and gas operations, large government complexes, and isolated and island communities. The design intent for the G4M is to provide safe and reliable power that is available 24/7, emitting no greenhouse gasses. The G4M is a safe, low-cost and efficient advanced reactor design that provides a viable small-scale alternative to current LWR’s and advances the licensing for next generation nuclear concepts. Its short time-to-market makes it deployable as the current fleet retires.

Investment in advanced nuclear reactors is part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to accelerate clean energy leadership, enable a low-carbon economy, cut carbon pollution, and it supports the President’s plan to spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies, including emerging nuclear technologies.

Bob Prince, President and CEO of Gen4 Energy said, “We believe the compact size and safety of the G4M provides DOE with a foundational building block for advanced reactor licensing and early deployment. Early deployment leverages DOE’s current investment in advanced reactor technology and delivers earlier to market, speeds cost recovery, attracts investors and generates commensurate savings in development costs.”

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Gen4 Energy
Paul Brienza, +1-303-495-5043


Gen4 Energy Team Completes DOE Advanced Reactor R&D Project

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gen4 Energy (GEN4) announced that it has completed the conceptual design and final report for a Natural Circulation Experimental Facility (NCEF) to support the thermal hydraulic testing of a Lead Bismuth cooled, pumped flow Generation IV advanced reactor. This work was the result of a cost share grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research and development on natural circulation designs for advanced nuclear reactors that utilize a lead bismuth coolant. GEN4, a small business based in Denver, Colorado, was selected by DOE in 2013 along with General Electric, Westinghouse and General Atomic as one of the first recipients of a competitively sponsored, industry lead R&D initiative.

Gen4 Energy assembled a strong University, National Laboratory, commercial and international team that included the University of South Carolina; Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho National Laboratory; URS and SRS USA LLC (a subsidiary of SRS Servizi di Ricerche e Sviluppo) to complete the scaling and design for the NCEF.

In October, GEN4 submitted a 5 year plan to the Department of Energy (DOE) to complete the thermal hydraulic testing and model validation for a Lead Bismuth cooled Generation IV reactor. This proposal supports Gen4 Energy’s overall initiative to design, license and test a 25-MWe, LBE Cooled Generation IV prototype reactor by 2030.

GEN4 was founded in 2007, to develop an advanced design nuclear reactor referred to as the Gen4 Module (G4M). The G4M produces 25 MW of electricity to power remote mining or oil and gas operations, large government complexes, and isolated and island communities. The design intent for the G4M is to provide safe and reliable power that is available 24/7, emitting no greenhouse gasses. The G4M is a safe, low-cost and efficient advanced reactor design that provides a viable small-scale alternative to current LWR’s and advances the licensing for next generation nuclear concepts. Its short time-to-market makes it deployable as the current fleet retires.

Investment in advanced nuclear reactors is part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to accelerate clean energy leadership, enable a low-carbon economy, cut carbon pollution, and it supports the President’s plan to spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies, including emerging nuclear technologies.

Bob Prince, President and CEO of Gen4 Energy said, “We believe the compact size and safety of the G4M provides DOE with a foundational building block for advanced reactor licensing and early deployment. Early deployment leverages DOE’s current investment in advanced reactor technology and delivers earlier to market, speeds cost recovery, attracts investors and generates commensurate savings in development costs.”

 

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Gen4 Energy
Paul Brienza, +1-303-495-5043


GEN4 Energy Team Awarded Advanced Reactor R&D Grant

Two year project will develop models to predict natural circulation flow in next generation reactors

DENVER, CO, USA, November 13, 2013 – Gen4 Energy, Inc. has formally been notified that its team has been awarded a two year grant from Department of Energy to conduct research and develop natural circulation designs for advanced nuclear reactors that utilize a lead bismuth coolant.

Investment in advanced nuclear reactors is part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to accelerate clean energy leadership, enable a low-carbon economy, cut carbon pollution, and support the President’s plan to spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies including emerging nuclear technologies. 

Gen4 Energy has assembled a strong University, National Laboratory and commercial team that includes: MIT and the University of South Carolina, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho National Laboratory, URS Corporation, and SRS USA LLC (a subsidiary of SRS Servizi di Ricerche e Sviluppo).

Bob Prince, CEO of GEN4 Energy said, “We are very pleased that DOE has selected the Gen4 Energy team. A thorough understanding of natural circulation flow is a critical R&D priority as several advanced reactor concepts, including the Gen4 reactor, uses it as a key safety measure. The transition to natural circulation flow is necessary to safely remove decay heat from the reactor in the event pumping power is lost to the reactor core. This project will develop computer models that will help us visualize natural circulation flow and integrate it into safe, reliable next generation advanced nuclear reactor designs”.

Gen4 Energy, based in Denver, Colorado, was founded in 2007, to develop an advanced design nuclear reactor referred to as the Gen4 Module (G4M).  The G4M produces 25 MW of electricity to power remote mining or oil and gas operations, large government complexes, and isolated and island communities. The design intent for the G4M is to provide safe and reliable power that is available 24/7, emitting no greenhouse gasses, and operate for 10 years without refueling. It is planned to be manufactured in a factory, transported to the installation site completely sealed, and after its useful life replaced with an entirely new power module.

  

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Gen4 Energy Selected by U.S. Department of Energy for Research in Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

June 27, 2013 – 2:20pm

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to accelerate clean energy leadership and to enable a low-carbon economy, the Energy Department today announced $3.5 million for four advanced nuclear reactor projects that go beyond traditional light water designs. These projects — led by General Atomics, GE Hitachi, Gen4 Energy and Westinghouse — will address key technical challenges to designing, building and operating the next generation of nuclear reactors. These steps support the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution and spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies including emerging nuclear technologies, as announced earlier this week.

“Public-private research in advanced nuclear reactors will help accelerate American leadership in the next generation of nuclear energy technologies and enable low-carbon nuclear power to be a significant contributor to the U.S. energy economy,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

With support from the Energy Department, private industry and the Department’s national laboratories have achieved significant advances that boost the safety and efficiency of new nuclear power reactors worldwide. For example, the Department’s early research and development investments in passive safety laid the foundation for the nuclear reactors currently under construction in Georgia and South Carolina. The projects announced today will further advance nuclear energy technology – providing more options for low-carbon energy.

The four projects selected for negotiation will receive up to $3.5 million in total, with a 20 percent private cost share: 

General Atomics (San Diego, California) – General Atomics will conduct research and development on silicon carbide composite material, which could act as a safe and reliable material for fuel rod cladding in advanced reactor designs. Better understanding of silicon carbide composite material will help incorporate this material into advanced nuclear reactor designs and support future licensing efforts.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (Wilmington, North Carolina) – GE Hitachi’s project will develop high temperature insulation materials and robust analysis tools to help design and manufacture electromagnetic pumps for liquid-metal-cooled nuclear reactors. Electromagnetic pumps have less moving parts than traditional mechanical pumps – improving reliability and safety, while reducing maintenance needs.

Gen4 Energy (Denver, Colorado) – Gen4 Energy will conduct research and development on natural circulation designs for advanced nuclear reactors that utilize a lead bismuth coolant. The project will develop computer models that will help visualize natural circulation flow and integrate it into safe, reliable reactor designs.

Westinghouse Electric Company (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – Westinghouse’s project will conduct analysis on sodium thermal hydraulics to support advanced nuclear reactor design. The project will provide analytical tools to help quantify heat exchanger performance and improve component engineering for sodium-cooled reactor designs.

Read full article: http://www.doe.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-new-investments-advanced-nuclear-power-reactors


Gen4 Energy decides to withdraw its pursuit of the DOE SMR Funding Opportunity Announcement

Gen4 Energy will continue company focus on its advanced reactor deployment for remote and diesel powered markets

DENVER, CO, USA, April 24, 2012 – Gen4 Energy announced today that it has decided not to pursue the recently released DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Small Modular Reactor Licensing Support Program. The purpose of the FOA was to enter into cost sharing arrangements with companies that have designs that can be “expeditiously licensed and achieve a U.S. Commercial Operation Date (COD) on a domestic site by 2022.” While the FOA was open to any SMR technology, Gen4 Energy concluded that use of well-known Light Water Reactor (LWR) technology of 45 to 300 MW intended for deployment in the USA had a much higher probability of success given the FOA’s stated maximum of two awards.

“We have a unique, next generation product for a very specific market” said Bob Prince, CEO of Gen4 Energy. “We have targeted and will continue to target small, remote or off-the-grid markets that tend to rely on diesel power. Gen4 Energy applauds the efforts of the DOE to move domestic SMR technology forward, but our focus will remain on regions and applications most in need of next generation technology.” Prince also said, “The DOE FOA will help move the current LWR SMR market forward which can provide an economic energy alternative for the United States. We also look forward to DOE’s efforts on additional domestic support for Generation IV nuclear power technologies.”

“While we will not pursue the Licensing FOA, we are excited to continue our work under our Memorandum of Agreement with DOE to deploy our advanced reactor at Savannah River”, said David Carlson, COO and Chief Nuclear Officer at Gen4 Energy, “In addition, we have responded to the DOE’s recent RFI (DE-SOL-0003674) for advanced reactors which is directly applicable to our initiatives.”

Gen4 Energy, based in Denver, Colorado, was founded in 2007, and is working in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, under the DOE Technology Transfer program, to develop an advanced design nuclear reactor referred to as the Gen4 Module (G4M). The G4M produces 25 MW of electricity to power remote mining or oil and gas operations, large government complexes, and isolated and island communities. The design intent for the G4M is to provide safe and reliable power that is available 24/7, the generation of which emits no greenhouse gasses, and to operate for 10 years without refueling. It is planned to be manufactured in a factory, transported to the installation site completely sealed, and after its useful life replaced with an entirely new power module.

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