India's government has identified two possible sites for a potential new station featuring multiple reactors based on GEH's 1,520-megawatt (MW) ESBWR
"We are excited at the prospect of working with TCE on our future ESBWR
In February 2009, Japan Steel Works supplied ENSA with the first of six forgings required to fabricate one ESBWR
reactor pressure vessel.
Discussions with other reactor manufacturers began in August after an internal analysis conducted this summer showed that technologies other than the ESBWR
provide the project greater commercial and schedule certainty.
Indeed, GE claims that the ESBWR
has more than 72 hours of passive running capability.
are more powerful than advanced BWRs and require lower maintenance costs because of a simpler design.
General Electric has developed their ESBWR
(the Economic & Simplified Boiling Water Reactor) with similar safety features and economic advantages.
Unlike current plants with their multiple back-up systems, the new "passive safety" designs, such as Westinghouse's AP1000 pressurized water reactor (PWR) and GE's ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) and ESBWR
(Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor), rely on gravity rather than an army of pumps to push the water up into the reactor vessel and through the cooling system.
GE is developing a 1,350-MW passively cooled ABWR, the ESBWR
, with similar economic promise, and has applied for NRC design certification.
Shiralkar, "Investigating the ESBWR
stability with experimental and numerical tools: a comparative study," Nuclear Engineering and Design, vol.
EPR Comanche Peak, Units 3 & 4 US-APWR Fermi, Unit 3 ESBWR
Grand Gulf, Unit 3 ESBWR
Levy County, Units 1 & 2 AP1000 New Site, Nine Mile Point, Unit 3 U.S.