United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR)

Designer:   PBMR (Pty.), Ltd.

Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR)
Reactor Power:   400 MWt

Electrical Output:   165 MWe

Outlet Conditions:   Up to 900°C (1652°F)

Coolant:    Helium

Fuel Design:   ~450,000 low-enriched UO2 TRISO fuel particles in pebbles

Refueling:   Online

Letter of Intent:   Updated March 24, 2009

Licensing Plan:   Design Certification

Expected Submittal:   FY2013

Design Information:   Modular, gas-cooled, pebble bed reactor with online refueling that generates electricity via a gas or steam turbine and which may also be used for process heat applications.

Status/Other Info:   Licensing of a demonstration plant in South Africa is being reconsidered. Agreement with Chinese for cooperation in development.

Website:   http://www.pbmr.co.za/ exit icon


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