Paris, France, July 26, 2022 –Westinghouse Electric Company announced a partnership with EDF to explore the functionalities of Westinghouse’s EnCore® enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) technology. Westinghouse will study its EnCore fuel in an EDF reactor for potential deployment across the EDF nuclear fleet after 2030.
Westinghouse fuel assemblies with Encore® Accident Tolerant Fuel lead test rods.
This will be the largest R&D program on enhanced fuel that Westinghouse has conducted in Europe to date. Westinghouse will deliver assemblies with Lead Test Rods (LTR) to EDF from its fuel fabrication facility in Västerås, Sweden by 2023. The initiative includes the licensing, qualification, fabrication, delivery and operation of the LTR in an EDF 1300 MWe reactor. Westinghouse also will conduct a post-irradiation exam to verify the enhanced accident tolerance features in EDF’s reactors under operating conditions.
“Westinghouse is a pioneer in the industry‐wide ATF initiative, with programs delivered to U.S. and European customers in 2019 and 2020. We are delighted to collaborate with EDF in this development program and highly value EDF’s proactiveness and engagement in this critical, long-term effort,” said Tarik Choho, Westinghouse President of Nuclear Fuel.