“Advanced Reactor Concepts is committed to the development of secure, sustainable and affordable energy solutions based on an effective implementation of nuclear technology.”
Reston, VA (PRWEB) June 14, 2010
Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC), LLC today launched the ARC-100 nuclear reactor, which provides a secure, sustainable, clean energy solution for the 21st century. The ARC-100 reactor initiates a new model of nuclear power, based on factory fabrication of shippable modules for rapid site assembly that enables the prompt start of a revenue stream. The ARC-100 reactor represents a significant enhancement in proven fast-reactor design, due in large part to its proposed long-life, and a proliferation-resistant fuel cycle that will open new markets to nuclear energy.
“Small, modular reactors have a long history of replacing the need to burn oil in the applications where they have been employed, said Rod Adams, author, Atomic Insights. “ The impressive team of nuclear experts that has developed the ARC-100 design has selected characteristics - like passive safety systems and a core that can last for decades - that will expand the number of customers who can use atomic energy to replace oil and coal burning power plants in places not well served by a redundant grid.”
The technology used in the ARC-100 removes the traditional constraints that have forced nuclear reactors into large-sized deployments due to requirements of economies of scale. Furthermore, the ARC-100 is a highly secure system, protected against external threats and internal technical mishaps through passive safety features, advanced monitoring and control, below ground emplacement, and a long refueling cycle. The ARC-100 reactor can be used for distributed power, incremental capacity additions, load following, and base load applications. Because of its size and dispatch flexibility, the ARC-100 is an attractive option for non-traditional applications, such as water desalination and shale oil extraction.
“Advanced Reactor Concepts is committed to the development of secure, sustainable and affordable energy solutions based on an effective implementation of nuclear technology,” said Irfan Ali, ARC president & CEO. “In this regard, the ARC-100 represents a significant milestone in our industry. Its innovative design, small size and long refueling cycle make the ARC-100 an ideal solution for traditional and non-traditional applications throughout the world.”
The ARC-100 reactor system is a 100 MWe sodium-cooled, fast-neutron-spectrum reactor that uses a novel metal alloy fuel, with a refueling interval of 20 years. The reactor system is comprised of a small uranium-fueled nuclear core submerged in a tank of ambient pressure liquid sodium. The liquid sodium is passed through the core where it is heated to 950 degrees Fahrenheit (510 degrees Celsius), then passed through a heat exchanger where it heats sodium in an intermediate loop, which in turn heats working fluid for energy conversion turbines. The fluid can be water, heated to create steam, or it can be carbon dioxide heated to create supercritical (almost liquid) carbon dioxide. The steam or supercritical carbon dioxide will spin a turbine to make electricity; it then can be recycled in a closed loop for reheating. The supercritical carbon dioxide energy converter system, called the Brayton cycle, provides a thermal efficiency (percentage of heat energy converted to electricity) of 40 percent or more, significantly higher than the efficiency of conventional steam driven turbine systems.
About Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC
Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) LLC is a new company with a mission to commercialize a disruptive new technology for power generation in the form of small-scale, factory-built nuclear reactors with fixed fuel costs for 20 years. The ARC reactors are based on technology proven by over 30 years of successful operation of EBR II, an experimental program operated by the U.S. government. The basic EBR II technology has been enhanced through numerous significant innovations to create a fourth generation solution that will have wide applicability, both in the U.S. and export markets around the world. The ARC technical team includes scientists and engineers who were senior participants in the EBR II program.
For more information, contact:
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC
703.239-2675 (office) 703.856-8181(cell)
kmeacham [at] arcnuclear.com
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