GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) to explore the potential of deploying a prototype of GEH's Generation IV PRISM reactor as part of a proposed demonstration of small modular reactor technologies at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS).

The MOU sets the stage for continued discussions on the potential Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing and deployment of a 299MW PRISM reactor at the federally owned facility.

SRNS is the management and operating contractor for DOE at SRS.

The PRISM reactor design, which completed US NRC pre-application reviews in 1994, is an advanced, Generation IV reactor technology that builds on the nation’s research and development of sodium cooled reactors.

A key attribute of PRISM technology is that it generates additional electricity from recycling used nuclear fuel.