The Natrium™ Technology
The Natrium technology will provide clean, flexible energy and stability for the grid.
Commercializing advanced nuclear technology is critical to solving the dual challenges of climate change and global energy poverty. The world needs more energy, not less, and it must be clean.
With a sodium fast reactor, integrated energy storage and flexible power production, the Natrium technology offers carbon-free energy at a competitive cost and is ready to integrate seamlessly into electric grids with high levels of renewables.
Natrium Technology by the numbers
Sodium Fast Reactor
Gigawatt hour scale energy storage for 5.5+ hours
More fuel efficient than light water reactors
Less nuclear-grade concrete per MWe
The Natrium technology is a 345-megawatt sodium fast reactor coupled with a molten salt-based integrated energy storage system that will provide clean, flexible energy and stability for the grid. The system can boost power output to 500 megawatts for more than five and a half hours to serve peak demand.
Advanced Nuclear Technology
Generation IV non-light water reactors offer many advantages, including potentially better economics, improved fuel utilization, higher operating temperatures for industrial process heat applications and integrated energy storage systems, and the ability to close the fuel cycle. Sodium-cooled fast reactors have the highest technology readiness levels of any advanced non-light water reactor that enables the technology to be commercialized fast enough to have an impact on decarbonization.
The Natrium reactor builds on existing nuclear energy plant technology on a number of fronts. It offers safety enhancements, reduces even further the risk of weapons proliferation, minimizes waste production, uses uranium fuel more efficiently and lowers costs.
This reactor will be fully licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – the strongest nuclear safety regulator in the world. The NRC will regulate both the construction and operation of the Natrium reactor, and their process provides ample opportunity for public review and comment.
READY TO PROVIDE CARBON-FREE ENERGY THIS DECADE
With significant private investment behind it, the Natrium technology has unmatched financial credibility and an achievable funding strategy. As a result, the Natrium technology will be available within this decade. With leaders and policymakers setting ambitious carbon-free energy targets, the Natrium technology is ready to help the world achieve a clean energy future.