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SMR Developer X-Energy Completes Canadian Pre-Licensing Milestone, Projects Look Promising

Aaron Larson of Power reports that X-energy has completed the pre-licensing process in Canada.

The C3 Take
  • Advanced nuclear manufacturer X-energy has cleared one of the final hurdles  bring its Xe-100 small modular reactor to Canada.
  • X-energy relies on triso fuel which is incased in graphite balls that capture radioactive byproducts and make a meltdown virtually impossible.
  • The company is currently partnering with Energy Northwest and Dow Chemical to bring its reactor online in Washington state and Texas.

“The reactor system employs a seamless process wherein more than 200,000 fuel pebbles are gravity-fed and continuously rotated through the core. The innovative fuel cycle enables uninterrupted operation for up to 60 years, according to X-energy. Helium circulates within the core, absorbing immense quantities of heat without becoming radioactive. This superheated helium is then employed to convert water into steam, subsequently propelling a turbine to generate a constant supply of carbon-free electricity.”

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