Print
Technology

GE, Global Nuclear Fuel Unveil Nuclear Fuel Improvements

By Vince Winkel, posted Jan 24, 2017
Global Nuclear Fuel's GNF2 rod assembly (Image courtesy of GNF)
Global Nuclear Fuel, a joint venture of GE, Toshiba and Hitachi based in Wilmington, this week unveiled new enhancements to its GNF2 fuel, to further improve its reliability and performance.
 
The newest version of the product, known as GNF2.02 was launched using GNF’s latest process for design iteration including rapid prototyping and testing. Improvements to the Defender PLUS debris filter will significantly improve the chance of stopping debris before it ever reaches the fuel bundle, according to a news release from GE.
 
“This provides an additional fuel option for our North American customers who operate boiling water reactors,” said GE Hitachi spokesman Jonathan Allen.
 
“Fuel bundles are placed in the core of the reactor during service and refueling outages, which typically occur every 18-24 months. During each outage some new fuel is inserted and some of the existing fuel is removed,” Allen said.
 
GNF2.02 fuel filters are designed, engineered and manufactured in Wilmington.
 
“An improved debris filter means that GNF2.02 will offer our customers even better fuel reliability which translates to lower operating costs,” said Amir Vexler, CEO of Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas, in a news release. “The use of 3D printing to prototype fuel filter designs enabled us to reduce the typical design cycle without sacrificing quality or design rigor. Rapid prototyping will enable us to continue to innovate quickly to meet our customers’ needs.”
 
GE said that the new GNF2.02 will reduce costs for customers by offering better fuel reliability
 
GNF has produced nuclear fuel, along with the fuel rod assemblies in which it is contained, at its Wilmington site since 1969, according to Allen.
 
GNF is a GE-led joint venture.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Leath 683x10242

Managing Energy as a Business Priority

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group
Mike stonestreet 300x300

Leasing in a Community Association

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
Geofflosee300x300 10221511305

Got Flood Insurance? Get That Proof of Loss Form in Quickly!

Geoffrey Losee - Rountree Losee LLP

Trending News

Homebuilder Branches Out With Flooring Business

Cece Nunn - Apr 17, 2019

Oceanic Prepares To Reopen

Jessica Maurer - Apr 17, 2019

Porters Neck Rezoning Request To Bring Lots For Sale

Johanna Cano - Apr 18, 2019

In $15.7M Deal, Alcami Sells Wilmington Technology Center, Leases It Back

Cece Nunn - Apr 18, 2019

Swamp Thing Filming Halt May Reflect Streaming Wars

Jenny Callison - Apr 17, 2019

In The Current Issue

MADE: GE's 50 Years In Wilmington

A look at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a provider of advanced reactor technology and services, which has been a major part of Wilmington's bus...


Building Up Health Care Innovation

When New Hanover Regional Medical Center launched its Innovation Center last year, it sought to foster and test creative ideas for improving...


Harvesting Seafood Innovation

Can Wilmington become the home of seafood innovation in the United States? A two-day workshop April 23-24 at the University of North Carolin...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018