X-energy Secures Expanded DOD Micronuclear Reactor Contract
The Department of Defense has awarded X-Energy Reactor a $17.9 million expanded contract for the development of a mobile micronuclear reactor for military use, which could be extended later to civilian commercial or industrial applications, the company announced on Friday.
According to Harlan Bowers, X-energy president, work on the project’s next phase is expected to include prototype testing and safety reviews so that the microreactor “can be licensed for civilian use,” X-energy said.
For the initial 2021 contract, the DOD selected the BWXT prototype design. The department’s Strategic Capabilities Office, however, later determined that awarding a contract option to X-energy would provide a second, complementary microreactor design for a potential future functionality.
X-energy’s contract option is for one year and will not provide a completed engineering design, according to a DOD press release Wednesday. However, it will present a comprehensive analysis of design options onward to a preliminary engineering design to start off a regulatory pre-application process, the department added.
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