WILMINGTON, North Carolina—May 23, 2017—Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) announced today that its newest fuel product, GNF3, has completed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved process for new fuel product introductions.
Based on evolutionary design changes and advanced technology developed by GNF, the GNF3 fuel assembly is designed to offer customers improved fuel cycle economics, increased performance and flexibility in operation and further improve on the reliability of GNF’s previous product lines.
“We designed GNF3 aiming to safely and reliably deliver more power while reducing overall fuel cycle costs, saving utilities money by reducing batch fraction and lowering the average enrichment in fuel reloads.” said Amir Vexler, CEO of GNF. “We are seeking to deliver substantially enhanced debris resistance with this newest fuel design, which includes the latest Defender™ filter technology and an innovative spacer.”
GNF3 lead use assemblies are currently operating in three U.S. nuclear power plants. Representative assemblies were recently inspected and are operating as designed. The assemblies were reinserted during recent outages for continued operation.
GNF3 is fabricated with GNF’s latest materials at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Wilmington, N.C.
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) is a world-leading supplier of boiling water reactor fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C., and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co., Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.
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