GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Private
Industry Nuclear power
Founded June 2007; 11 years ago (2007-06)
Headquarters Wilmington, N.C., U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jay Wileman (President and CEO)
Number of employees
3,000
Parent General Electric
Hitachi
Website nuclear.gepower.com

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. It is located in Wilmington, N.C. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by General Electric and Hitachi. In Japan, the alliance is Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.[1] In November 2015, Jay Wileman was appointed CEO.[2]

History[edit]

  • 1955: Atomic Power Equipment Department established by GE
  • 1957: GE's first privately financed nuclear power reactor provides electricity for commercial use in Vallecitos, California
  • 1960s: BWR 1 and 2 constructed and begin operation
  • 1970s: BWR 2 through 4 constructed and begin operation
  • 1980s: BWR 5 and 6 constructed and begin operation
  • 1997: ABWR design certified by the NRC
  • 2005: ESBWR design certification filed by NRC
  • 2014: ESBWR design certified by NRC

Reactors[edit]

The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is the world's first operational Generation III Class advanced light water reactor design. The NRC has docketed GEH's petition for renewal of ABWR certification.[3] The Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), the Generation III+ Class design reactor, received a positive final safety evaluation report and final design approval in March 2011, and is expected to receive a license from the NRC by September 2011.[4][5]

GEH's Power Reactor Innovative Small Modular (PRISM) is a Generation IV reactor that uses liquid sodium as a coolant.

In 2018 GEH agreed to collaborate with Holtec International on the commercialization of the Holtec SMR-160, a 160 MWe pressurized water reactor (PWR) small modular reactor.[6]

Nuclear services[edit]

As nuclear plants get older and worldwide demand for energy increases, GEH offers a wide range of services that can improve performance, increase power output, and extend plant life.

Fuel services[edit]

GEH’s fuel cycle business supplies fuel products and services to customers around the world. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy owns the Morris Operation--the only de facto high-level radioactive waste storage site in the United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ "GE Hitachi names new CEO". StarNewsOnline.com. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^ http://federalregister.gov/a/2011-3734
  4. ^ "GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's ESBWR Reactor Design Receives NRC's Final Design Approval, Clearing The Way For Global Sales". The Street. 2011-03-09. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ https://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/design-cert/esbwr/review-schedule.html
  6. ^ "Holtec and GEH team up on advancing SMR-160". World Nuclear News. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.