Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, & Mark Soler Join Holtec’s Executive Leadership Team
From Left to Right: Mr. Mark Soler, Mr. Pankaj Chaudhary, Mr. Nick Abraczinskas, Ms. Joy Russell

Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, & Mark Soler Join Holtec’s Executive Leadership Team

Declaring that “the time has come to augment our executive team to better manage our rapidly expanding operations and to recognize the contributions of our most distinguished company stalwarts,” Dr. Kris Singh, Holtec’s President & CEO, presented certificates commemorating the elevation of Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, and Mark Soler to the position of vice president. All four are Holtec veterans, having served in the position of “Director” (a mid-management corporate position) in different divisions at the Company’s New Jersey operations center. (more…)

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Breakthrough in SMR-160 Core Design
Opti-Core Fuel Cartridge

Breakthrough in SMR-160 Core Design

We are pleased to announce that Holtec International's engineers and scientists have successfully modified the core of the Company's SMR-160 small modular reactor to increase the cycle life (operating period between successive refuelings) to nearly 4 years from 3-1/2 years previously achieved using a conventional design.

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License Application for HI-STORM UMAX, the Universal Underground Used Fuel Storage System, Submitted to the USNRC on June 29, 2012

We are pleased to announce the license application for securing the general certification of the HI-STORM UMAX, multi-purpose canister based storage system, was submitted to the USNRC last Friday, June 29, 2012. Engineered to store used fuel canisters in a below-grade configuration, HI-STORM UMAX is anatomically similar to the previously licensed HI-STORM 100U system, the development of which was prompted by the beyond-the-design-basis-threats in the wake of 9/11. HI-STORM UMAX is a larger version of HI-STORM 100U, with enhanced air circulation features and an increased cavity diameter to permit storage of any canister thus far in use at any site in the US. (more…)

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Licensing Submittal for HI-STORM UMAX, the Universal Storage Technology, Planned For This Month

We are pleased to announce the completion of the safety evaluation effort for the HISTORM UMAX (Underground MAXimum capacity) canister storage system (NRC Docket No. 72-1040). The licensing application submittal date is set for June 30, 2012. Underway since 2010, this effort was the subject of a pre-submittal briefing to the NRC’s Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation (SFST) on Thursday, April 19, 2012 [see Holtec Highlights Issue HH27.03]. The licensing package being submitted to the USNRC incorporates the Staff’s inputs from the pre-submittal briefing. The submittal for HI-STORM UMAX has a rather modest objective of obtaining the certification of only the Vertical Ventilated Module (VVM), as it contains no new MPC designs. (more…)

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HI-STORM UMAX Unveiled at USNRC Pre-Submittal Briefing
Pictorial View of a HI-STORM UMAX ISFSI

HI-STORM UMAX Unveiled at USNRC Pre-Submittal Briefing

On April 19, 2012, Holtec International presented a new subterranean multi-purpose canister (MPC) based storage system in a pre-submittal briefing to the USNRC. In development since 2010, HI-STORM UMAX (for Underground MAXimum capacity) is physically sized to store all of the used nuclear fuel produced in the United States and all canisters currently licensed in dry storage in the country making it a truly universal on-site storage facility. HI-STORM UMAX, like its forerunner HI-STORM 100U certified by the USNRC in 2009, stores the MPC entirely below-ground and emits virtually zero dose. HI-STORM UMAX (Docket Number 72-1040) has heat rejection capacity in excess of 47 kW and stores up to 37 PWR and 89 BWR assembly MPCs. Like HI-STORM 100U, HI-STORM UMAX is “security-friendly”, providing a clear, unobstructed view of the entire ISFSI (see figure below) from any location and the closure lid is a massive steel weldment filled with concrete. (more…)

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DOE, Its South Carolina Entities, and Holtec Sign the Protocol to Build the Company’s Small Modular Reactor at the Savannah River Site

We are pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Agreement between our wholly owned subsidiary SMR, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Office, along with the Savannah River National Laboratory, has been executed to situate our first 160 MW(e) small modular reactor at the Savannah River Site.

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