Framatome is teaming with General Atomics to study the application of silicon carbide for boiling water reactor (BWR) nuclear fuel designs. Advanced nuclear fuel designs using silicon carbide in the fuel channel will enhance the safety and fuel performance of nuclear plant operations. Framatome is conducting this research as part of its PROtect enhanced accident tolerant fuel (EATF) program.
It was about this time last year when I posted an article defining Framatome’s PROtect Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) program. Nearly a year later, thanks to our global team of experts and support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we have reached several major milestones in our program and are forging ahead with research on additional solutions to improve the nuclear fuel industry.
I was preparing a presentation for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently, and I looked back through some of my previous slides, searching for information. In that search, I found a presentation describing Framatome’s enhanced accident tolerant fuel (EATF) program launch in 2012. At that time, the goal of the project was to deliver lead test assemblies with accident tolerant fuel characteristics to a U.S. reactor by 2022.