Protection system

NuScale Power and Paragon Sign Reactor Protection System License Agreement

NuScale Power and US-based Paragon Energy Solutions have signed a license agreement that will enable potentially widespread use of the innovative and advanced Highly Integrated Protection System (HIPS) platform. The HIPS platform is a reactor protection system architecture jointly developed by NuScale and Rock Creek Innovations (RCI), a supplier of commercial nuclear protection systems hardware that was acquired by Paragon in 2021.

RCI has partnered with NuScale since 2010, supporting NuScale’s commitment to maintaining a US-centric manufacturing and supply chain. This relationship will continue under the leadership of Paragon. Paragon has over 30 years of experience in providing the nuclear industry with technology solutions, such as instrumentation and control (I&C) systems, sophisticated software testing and numerous repair programs.

In 2017, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) evaluated the HIPS platform developed for NuScale’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR), concluding that it is an effective platform for systems I&C related to safety in nuclear applications. The license agreement enables the entire nuclear industry to implement the NRC-approved HIPS platform.

“The nuclear community shares a common goal of providing carbon-free, reliable power to our respective customers and ensuring the highest level of safety,” said NuScale President and CEO John Hopkins. “HIPS technology is a game-changer for nuclear power plant operators who are looking for safety-related systems that operate for decades without major upgrades,” said Doug VanTassell, president and CEO of Paragon Energy Services.

The agreement supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) report released earlier this year, “U.S. Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Transition to Clean Energy,” designed to retain and grow jobs in United States through the exploration of mutually beneficial domestic commercial relationships. This includes, but is not limited to, US and state government grants and funding opportunities, in addition to developing US manufacturing opportunities. Additionally, NuScale’s collaboration with the US Reactor Forging Consortium (RFC) in April complements DOE’s objectives in establishing national partnerships to build a robust US supply chain.

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