Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is a Generation III boiling water reactor. The ABWR is currently offered by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Toshiba. The ABWR generates electrical power by using steam to power a turbine connected to a generator; the steam is boiled from water using heat generated by fission reactions within nuclear fuel.

Boiling water reactors (BWRs) are the second most common form of light water reactor with a direct cycle design that uses fewer large steam supply components than the pressurized water reactor (PWR), which employs an indirect cycle. The ABWR is the present state of the art in boiling water reactors, and is the first Generation III reactor design to be fully built, with several reactors complete and operating. The first reactors were built on time and under budget in Japan, with others under construction there and in Taiwan. ABWRs are on order in the United States, including two reactors at the South Texas Project site.

The standard ABWR plant design has a net output of about 1350 MWe (3926 MWth).

Read more about Advanced Boiling Water Reactor:  Certifications and Approvals, Overview of The Design, Locations, Reliability, Deployments, ABWR-II Design

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