The center marks the third major development in Virginia related to B&W’s small modular reactor (SMR) program since 2010, including a dedicated design facility and Integrated Systems Test (IST) facility. These developments, supported in part by grant funding for the IST facility from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, have already created about 150 technology jobs in the state. In addition, 29 Virginia supplier companies are poised to supply the B&W mPower reactor program as it moves from design to manufacturing.
Advances in reactor technology, along with the widespread demand for clean, affordable, and domestic energy resources, have motivated the development of a new generation of commercial nuclear power around the world. Much of that research and development is happening here in Virginia, a state committed to energy technology development.
Recently, the B&W team in Virginia and several other states applied for a new federal partnership program with the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of SMRs. Governor McDonnell added, “The work being done by this team in Lynchburg is important to the nation. I hope that the Department of Energy will support their efforts to further expand development of the next generation of advanced nuclear power.”
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