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Lightbridge completes demonstration of new manufacturing process

24 september 2019

US-based nuclear fuel developer Lightbridge and Enfission, a joint venture of the US company and France’s Framatome, have successfully demonstrated the manufacturing process and fabrication of Lightbridge fuel surrogate rods in a length that could make them usable in NuScale Power’s small modular reactor designs.

Lightbridge said in a statement that the demonstration included the production of several surrogate coextruded rods using a coextrusion process developed by the company.

Lightbridge said the fuel rod design is expected to increase core performance, extend core life, reduce the number of refueling outages, and offer lower levelised cost of electricity.

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