Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that its eVinci micro reactor was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Pele, a mobile nuclear reactor prototyping program.
Project Pele is led by DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) in close collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), as well as with industry partners. The project’s objective is to design, build, and demonstrate a prototype mobile nuclear reactor within five years.
The funding awarded to Westinghouse will be used to finalize the design for a prototype of Westinghouse’s defense-eVinci (DeVinci) mobile nuclear power plant (MNPP).
“We are honored to participate in this strategically important program,” said Patrick Fragman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company. “Mobile nuclear reactors offer clean, flexible, and reliable power for our customers. We are now developing technology to provide energy security for the Department of Defense, bringing our exciting concept to realization.”
Westinghouse’s eVinci microreactor is a next-generation, very small modular reactor for decentralized generation markets. The DoD’s mobile nuclear reactor prototype project expands upon the transportable capabilities of the eVinci microreactor by allowing for operations via a mobile platform utilizing standard military transportation.
The eVinci microreactor is designed to operate for many years, eliminating the need for frequent refueling. The innovative passive safety features of the design allow the reactor to operate and achieve safe shutdown without the need for additional controls, external power source or operator intervention, enabling highly autonomous operation.