Thursday, July 15, 2010
Bechtel, B&W and small NSS
Bechtel, Babcock & Wilcox form a consortium to build small Nuclear Steam Supply systems; see this link. B&W was shopping a design it called the CNSS (the "C" was for "Consolidated") pretty soon after the N.S. Savannah was built, and in fact the OTTO HAHN employed such a system for propulsion. The CNSS featured all components inside the primary containment including pumps and steam generators. This (the small reactor system) is one well thought out, well discussed but non-starting approach that probably should be pursued; the companies' statements about the system's application and future should be read and noted.