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NRC advisors give nod to Hermes construction permit

The Nuclear Newsiwre reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the construction permit of the Hermes small modular reactor.

The C3 Take
  • Kairos Power will build its Hermes test reactor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • The Hermes reactor is a 35 megawatt salt-cooled high-temperature reactor which gives the reactor added safety features.
  • Kairos is expecting Hermes to be operational in 2026 which would lead to the development of a commercial-scale 140 megawatt reactor called the KP-X.

“In December 2020, Kairos received a Department of Energy Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program award for risk-reduction funding to support the development, construction, and commissioning of Hermes in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Materion Corporation, and the Electric Power Research Institute. The total award value is $629 million over seven years, with the DOE contributing $303 million.”

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