General Atomics presents small modular reactor

Dr John Parmentola, General Atomics’ senior VP, describes key details on the company’s Energy Multiplier Module (EM2), a small modular reactor that is now in competition for a $452m federal program to help bring the reactor to market.

The reactor has been designed to operate for 30 years use without the need for refuelling, utilises depleted uranium as a fuel source, can be sited underground in sealed containment, and uses helium as a coolant.