PRISM Nuclear Power Plant
PRISM reactor is a Generation IV, sodium-cooled reactor that produces 300 MW of electricity while recycling used nuclear fuel or transuranic wastes (including plutonium). PRISM is based on over 30 years of safe operation of test reactors by U.S. national labs with improvements in design including substantial simplification and air-cooled passive safety with no operator action required.
An advanced conceptual design is already complete and the NRC has stated there are no obvious impediments to licensing. The path to building a PRISM reactor could begin tomorrow...
Sodium: Sodium coolant enables lower pressures and simpler safety systems for simpler, smaller components and reduced cost
Safety: Inherent safety – sodium coolant and metallic fuel design enables the reactor to self-regulate and passively air-cool without any electrical, mechanical or operator actions
Seismic: Plant-wide seismic isolation and protection
Energy: High energy fission provides an almost limitless energy source and revolutionary recycling capabilities
Economics: Small plant footprint, compact containment, pool-type reactor, and inherent safety enable evolutionary capital and operational costs
Experience: PRISM is built on more than 30 years of sodium fast reactor development and EBR-II operating experience