We are pleased to announce that Holtec's engineers have succeeded in designing SMR-160 into a "walk-away" safe nuclear power plant, which means that if a calamity were to strike, the plant will passively switch to and remain in a safe shutdown and cooled configuration for an unlimited period.
Ukraine, Europe's third largest nuclear operator, has finally taken concrete steps to re-start its long stalled project to establish a domestic interim storage facility for housing its used fuel.
We are pleased to announce the award of a contract by Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) for the design, licensing and supply of an IAEA Type B Transport Cask for operational and decommissioning waste.
We are pleased to report that the fifteen yearlong campaign to improve the heavy haul transporters used to move dry spent fuel storage casks has now reached a level of maturity that rivals other Holtec ancillary equipment used to load spent fuel into casks. In the photos below we show the recently designed vertical cask transporters, sold under the trade name HI-LIFT. HI-LIFT is co-produced by the Holtec Manufacturing Division (HMD, Pennsylvania) and J&R Engineering (Wisconsin). The first units entered service in mid-2013 and have fully lived up to industry’s expectations of ruggedness and versatility. (more…)
We congratulate our colleagues at our Orrvilon facility on initiating a new generation of spent nuclear fuel storage baskets that have over ten times the thermal conductivity, one third the weight and twice the structural strength as compared with their stainless steel counterpart. We are proud to observe that these baskets, fabricated entirely of Metamic-HT, represent the very first successful use of nanotechnology in components fabricated for the nuclear power industry. “The straightness, lack of camber, twist or bow in these baskets is unmatched in the nuclear industry,” states Metamic-HT inventor Tom Haynes, Holtec’s VP of Materials Development. The picture perfect profile of these baskets is, in part, due to the use of friction stir welding (which does not suffer from weld distortion endemic to classical welding processes). Friction stir welding is another technology innovation introduced to the nuclear industry by our company over the past year. (more…)
We mark the passing of year 2013 with a sense of satisfaction derived from numerous new accomplishments and milestones for our Company achieved by the diligence and perseverance of our associates here in the U.S. and overseas. We extend our year-end greetings to our clients, our personnel at all eight operation centers, and our suppliers who have helped make 2013 a memorable year of solid achievements for our Company. (more…)
While we are disappointed with DOE’s decision to exclude Holtec from the award, we remain confident that our reactor, the SMR-160, has the greatest potential to triumph in a global marketplace.
We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the first batch of Metamic-HT spent fuel storage baskets for our 89 storage cell BWR canister, MPC-89. The HI-STORM FW canister-based dry cask storage system (NRC Docket 72-1032) is licensed to store 37 PWR assemblies in the MPC-37 or 89 BWR assemblies in the MPC-89. (more…)
We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the Beaver Valley (BVPS) Unit 2 rerack project. Beaver Valley Unit 2 is owned and operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC). This wet storage expansion project involved the removal of 17 existing Boraflex spent fuel racks from the spent fuel pool and replacement with 15 new high density racks, utilizing the Holtec proprietary MetamicTM poison material. As a result, the Unit 2 spent fuel pool capacity was increased by nearly 600 storage locations. (more…)