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
Christy2

Keeping the Roof On

Christy West - Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx
Dallas headshot 300x300

A Planning Process for Future Success

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors
Chheadshot

Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Trending News

ILM Aims To Start Parking Study Next Month

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 21, 2019

Interest In Solar Brightens

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 21, 2019

Chen Puts Final Touches On Ramen Shop

Jenny Callison - Jun 21, 2019

Roof Products Firm Back On Top

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 21, 2019

Wilmington To Host Disaster Preparedness Conference On Cancer Treatment

Johanna Cano - Jun 21, 2019

In The Current Issue

Software Firm Codes For Growth

After growing PS Solutions in Pennsylvania, founder Wayne Hippo came to Wilmington with the goal of replicating the company’s growth in the...


Info Junkie: Claire Holroyd

Find out which apps and tech are used by Skilly-do CEO and co-founder Clarie Holroyd, whose product is an online toolkit that promotes early...


Aquarium Named Among Nation's Best

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is among the top 10 aquariums in the country, according to a USA Today poll. Voters ranked the state’s aqua...

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