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Press release | En direct | Energies | Nuclear energy | Nuclear reactors
On September 17th 2019, during the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, CEA, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome unveiled “NUWARD”TM, their jointly developed SMR project, a PWR-based solution to meet the growing world demand for decarbonized, safe and competitive electricity generation, in the 300-400 MWe range.
François Jacq, Chairman of CEA stated: “CEA‘s mission is to develop the low carbon energy systems of the future, including the SMR technology. For the “NUWARD”TM project, the CEA brings its skills and expertise for core and reactor design, development and validation of calculation tools, safety analysis studies and qualification of systems and components by providing its test facilities for R&D actions”. EDF’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Bernard Lévy stated: “EDF is committed to contributing its wealth of experience to make “NUWARD”TM a success. Alongside our partners, we believe the project unveiled today is a promising beginning of a safe and competitive nuclear design meant to broaden the range of solutions for low carbon baseload energy offered by the French nuclear industry. We are proud to team with the best experts and breed this new nuclear technology to address a new, high-potential market.” Naval Group’s Chief Executive Officer Hervé Guillou stated: “For more than 40 years, Naval Group has been building nuclear submarine and aircraft carriers whose propulsion energy is supplied by small nuclear energy production units. Naval Group is thus committed to the highest standards of safety, competitivity and innovation in the nuclear field. This cooperation is a great opportunity and offers interesting synergies with our Nuclear propulsion core skills: Naval Group is proud to contribute to “NUWARD”TM." TechnicAtome’s Chief Executive Officer Loïc Rocard stated: “TechnicAtome has been designing, assembling and commissioning more than 20 highly compact nuclear reactors, for almost 50 years. We are proud to commit our engineering skills and specific know-how to the exciting “NUWARD”TM project.”
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.