Why nuclear?

Clean, compact, sustainable power

Dispatchable power

Decarbonizing the power generation industry is crucial to reaching net zero emissions. While the future of energy will be a mix of power generation technologies, low-carbon power sources like solar, wind and hydro aren’t always available. Nuclear power plants operate at much higher capacity factors than renewable energy sources, making them a highly available power source for customers concerned about energy security.

Why the BWRX-300?

Innovative, simplified, and cost-competitive

Powered by proven and commercially available fuel, the BWRX-300 small modular reactor features an innovative and simplified configuration, resulting in less concrete and steel needed for construction. The BWRX-300 is a cost-competitive solution that can be deployed for electricity generation and industrial applications, including hydrogen production, desalination, and district heating. 

300 MW carbon-free power

Modules sized for cost-effective, grid scale deployment.

Innovative configuration

Simple and innovative with digital offerings that lower costs and improve safety.

Competitive cost

Less capital cost per MW when compared with typical water-cooled SMR.

Proven & reliable fuel

Licensed and proven fuel configuration with qualified fabrication facilities in the U.S. and Europe.

World-class safety

Steam condensation and gravity allow the BWRX-300 to cool itself for a minimum of seven days without power or operator action. 

Robust supply chain

Decades of experience building supply chains, supporting local jobs and economies.

Project certainty

Deployable globally as early as 2029 thanks to proven know-how and innovative  construction techniques.

Leading-edge technology and construction

BWRX-300 features

The construction technologies incorporated into the BWRX-300 design adopt advanced concrete solutions and innovative techniques that have been proven in the oil and gas, tunneling and power industries. 

Right-sized and cost-effective

Using a combination of modular and open-top construction techniques, the Nth-of-a-kind BWRX-300 can be constructed in 24-36 months while achieving an approximate 90 percent volume reduction in plant layout. In addition, reducing the building volume by about 50 percent per MW should also account for 50 percent less concrete per MW—a significant improvement in both affordability and advantageous size.  


A closer look at the BWRX-300

An advanced reactor, the BWRX-300 uses natural circulation and passive cooling isolation condenser systems to promote simple and safe operating rhythms. In the global race for advanced nuclear power, the BWRX-300 sets itself apart with its proven, less complicated attributes

  • Reactor type: Boiling water reactor
  • Electrical capacity: 870 MW(t)/~300 MW(e) net to the grid
  • Primary circulation: Natural circulation
  • Fuel enrichment: 3.81% (avg)/4.95% (max)
  • Refueling cycle: 12-24 months
  • Approach to safety systems: Fully passive
  • Design life: 60 years

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The role of nuclear energy in our carbon-free future

There’s a new type of nuclear that can provide power without any emissions: The BWRX-300.

Partnership and leadership

GE Hitachi has been selected by Ontario Power Generation as the technology partner for the Darlington New Nuclear Project, North America’s first SMR. 

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