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Innovative Flexblue Concept – DCNS and Partners AREVA, CEA and EDF to Conduct Validation Study - AREVA, the world leader in nuclear energy, has launched a programme to study small reactors rated at 100 MWe with a view to rounding out its range of third-generation reactors comprising the EPR, ATMEA and Kerena types
Innovative Flexblue Concept – DCNS and Partners AREVA, CEA and EDF to Conduct Validation Study

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Paris, France, 2011/01/20 - AREVA, the world leader in nuclear energy, has launched a programme to study small reactors rated at 100 MWe with a view to rounding out its range of third-generation reactors comprising the EPR, ATMEA and Kerena types.

   
 
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In response to the challenges of rising global energy demand and renewed interest in nuclear power – which reduces greenhouse gas emissions while conserving fossil fuels – the potential of small- and medium-sized reactors (SMRs) is under study in the United States, Japan, Russia and other countries led primarily by companies with experience in nuclear propulsion. France has proven expertise in the relevant technologies, SMR design and construction, system integration and fuel R&D.

AREVA, the world leader in nuclear energy, has launched a programme to study small reactors rated at 100 MWe with a view to rounding out its range of third-generation reactors comprising the EPR, ATMEA and Kerena types. This study will draw on AREVA’s expertise in small shipboard reactors to assess the product’s feasibility and market potential.

DCNS, for its part, has announced its innovative Flexblue concept following preliminary studies lasting over two years. Flexblue is a small nuclear power plant producing 50 to 250 MWe designed to be installed on the seafloor off the coast of maritime nations.

The concept:

- is based on proven technologies that draw on DCNS’s 40 years’ experience in nuclear propulsion and submarine power plants built under AREVA TA prime contractorship.

- combines the inherent benefits of SMRs, including phased investment and ready tailoring to demand.

- features standard subsystems integrated at shipyards and shipped to the installation site by sea.

Both EDF and Areva have expressed interest in Flexblue’s modularity and standardisation.

France is setting up detailed studies to position the country as a leading player in SMRs.

DCNS will work with AREVA, EDF and the CEA on the next phase of Flexblue development. This will include detailed reviews of:

1. technical and production options;
2. market potential;
3. Flexblue’s competitive standing compared with other sources of energy;
4. nuclear proliferation issues;
5. safety and security aspects of seafloor power plants with a view to demonstrating that Flexblue offers a level of safety comparable with that of third-generation land-based nuclear power plants.

These studies are expected to take two years.

Technical data

Hull shape: cylindrical
Length (approx.): 100 m
Diameter (approx.): 12 – 15 m
Power: 50 – 250 MWe
Design concept: small nuclear reactor + steam turbine-alternator set + electrical
equipment (electricity to be carried to coast by submarine power cables)
Mass (approx.): 12,000 tonnes
Siting: seafloor moorings at a depth of 60 to 100 m, a few km off coast.

 
 
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