Framatome’s industry-first, 100% Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) assembly successfully completed its first cycle of operation at a U.S. nuclear power plant. This milestone marks significant progress in the development of the accident tolerant fuel (ATF) technology and an important step toward market readiness. Following 24 months of operation, testing and inspections confirm the robust fuel characteristics safely withstood in-reactor conditions and performed as designed.
Framatome announced the completion of the second 18-month fuel cycle of its GAIA PROtect Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) technology at Georgia Power’s Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Unit 2. Following 36 months of operations, inspections confirm the chromium-coated fuel rods maintain their original characteristics and the chromia-enhanced pellets operate as designed.
Framatome congratulates Constellation and Energy Harbor who recently won Top Innovative Practice (TIP) Awards from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and Bruce Power who won the Framatome Vendor Award for the company’s work in nuclear medicine. The three companies were recognized during NEI’s Nuclear Energy Assembly on June 21. The accolades highlight the shared commitment to innovation and excellence through strategic industry partnerships in the United States and Canada.
Framatome’s PROtect Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) program was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 23rd Global Energy Awards held in New York City, Dec. 10. Touted as the “Oscars” of the global energy industry, the Global Energy Awards bring leaders from around the world from all sectors of the energy industry to celebrate innovations and achievements in solving complex industry problems.
Framatome and the U.S. Department of Energy secure a new 4-year cooperative agreement valued at more than $150 million to continue the development of its PROtect enhanced accident tolerant fuel (EATF) technology. These technologies increase the safety performance of commercial nuclear reactors while providing operators more flexibility during normal operating conditions.