University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

artist rendering of Cutaway artist’s rendering of the proposed UIUC test reactor


Project Overview

In May 2021, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) submitted to the NRC a Letter of Intent to submit an application for a construction permit for a high-temperature gas-cooled test reactor.  The proposed reactor would be a 15 megawatt-thermal testing facility based on technology developed by Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, and would utilize TRISO particle fuel, helium gas coolant, and graphite moderator.  The reactor would be located on UIUC’s campus in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and would have a molten salt secondary loop providing electrical power conversion capability for campus use.  UIUC plans to engage in pre-application activities with the NRC.

For more information, please see the UIUC High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Test Reactor pre-application documents (NRC Project No. 99902094).

To subscribe to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Test Reactor (HTGR) email service choose University of Illinois HTGR from the Advanced Reactors list after scrolling to the Lyris subscription services section and entering your email on the NRC Listserv page.

Pre-Application Activities

Product Type Reference Status
Utilizing a Class 104(c) Licensing Pathway for the Proposed UIUC Research and Test Reactor White Paper ML22165A304 Under Review

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, June 23, 2022