Westinghouse is currently developing the eVinci™ Micro-Reactor, a next-generation, very small modular reactor for decentralized remote applications
The eVinci™ micro-reactor’s innovative design is a combination of space reactor technologies and 50+ years of commercial nuclear systems design, engineering and innovation. The eVinci™ micro-reactor aims to create competitive and resilient power with superior reliability and minimal maintenance, particularly for energy consumers in remote locations. Its small size allows for standard transportation methods and rapid, on-site deployment in contrast to large, centralized stations. The reactor core is designed to run for three or more years, eliminating the need for frequent refueling.
The key benefits of the eVinci™ micro-reactor are attributed to its solid core and advanced heat pipes. The heat pipes enable passive core heat extraction, allowing autonomous operation and inherent load following capabilities. These advanced technologies together make the eVinci™ micro-reactor a pseudo “solid-state” reactor with minimal moving parts.
eVinci™ Micro-Reactor Mobile Nuclear Power Plant
While the eVinci™ micro-reactor design is transportable, the eVinci™ micro-reactor designed for government usage allows for mobile operations utilizing standard military transportation vehicles and containers. The nature of the design will allow the reactor to be rapidly transported to sites as needed to create an abundant and resilient power supply to support advanced defense systems.
Key Attributes of eVinci™ Micro-Reactor:
- Transportable energy generator
- Fully factory built, fueled and assembled
- Delivers combined heat and power – 5 MWe and up to 13MWt
- 8+ years of full power operation prior to refueling
- Target less than 30 days onsite installation
- High speed load following capability
- High reliability and minimal moving parts
- Capable of autonomous operation
- Near zero Emergency Planning Zone with small site footprint
- No spent fuel or waste storage on site
- Simplified decommissioning and remediation