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DOD Advances X-Energy Mobile Nuclear Microreactor as Second Project Pele Design

Sonal Patel of Power reports that X-energy has been selected for Project Pele funding from the Department of Defense.

The C3 Take
  • Project Pele is a Department of Defense (DOD) program that aims to develop a portable nuclear microreactor that will be deployed at remote military basis across the country and world.
  • X-energy’s microreactor will be a 3 to 5 megawatt reactor that will run on the company’s TRISO-X fuel at full capacity for three years before needing to be refueled.
  • In addition to X-energy, DOD is also working with Oklo to deploy its Aurora microreactor at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

“An X-energy spokesperson on Thursday told POWER that the company is currently focusing its mobile microreactor work ‘around one practical, cost-effective microreactor that can be deployed for use in remote military locations as well as commercial or industrial use.’ X-energy’s transportable microreactor ‘is designed to generate in the range of 3 to 5 MW and is differentiated to be cost-competitive with remote diesel power. The microreactor is designed to use TRISO-based fuel,’ he said.”

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