GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has become the first corporate partner of the Net Zero Nuclear initiative, an initiative calling for collaboration among government, industry leaders to triple global nuclear capacity by 2050.

Net Zero Nuclear aims to bring together political leaders and industry to engage in data-driven, actionable, solutions-focused dialogue to enable the rapid expansion of the global nuclear fleet and the acceleration of research and development into emerging nuclear technologies.

The initiative was launched by the World Nuclear Association and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation at the World Nuclear Symposium in London earlier this month. GE Hitachi joins the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero as a partner.

“I’m very pleased to see the launch of Net Zero Nuclear, a pioneering platform for countries and companies that want to try to accelerate the clean energy transition. And I’m proud to see GE joining from the start of all of this,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in remarks to open the Atlantic Council’s Nuclear Energy Policy Summit 2023.

GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor is a 300 MWe water-cooled, natural circulation reactor with passive safety systems that leverages the design and licensing basis of GEH’s ESBWR boiling water reactor. It is currently undergoing a CNSC pre-licensing Vendor Design Review.

The BWRX-300 leverages a unique combination of existing fuel that is currently used in operating reactors (and does not require HALEU), plant simplifications, proven components and a design based on already licensed reactor technology.  

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