UPower technology enables an always on, container-sized, truly carbon-free and emission-free nano-nuclear battery for remote and distributed generation where energy costs can exceed 30 cents/kWh, and power is needed 24/7. The generator is a containerized unit that provides over a decade of energy without refueling, and can generate electricity for 40% less than competing technologies in these markets. The UPower generator is powered by a unique compact, solid state, micro reactor that produces over 1 MW and can cogenerate process heat.
The key to the UPower strategy is its truly modular technology which enables the ultimate in lean development and in lean manufacturing. For this reason, UPower will have development costs on the order of 1/50th the size of other "small" nuclear technologies.
UPower reactors don't have coolant flowing
through them, don't have pumps, and don't have external pipes- basically a "nuclear battery." It does not require external power or makeup cooling water, and is cooled using a proprietary technology. This means it is "walk-away safe" and immune to Fukushima-type accidents. In addition, the cooling technology is robust against even military attack.
At the end of the unit life, the fuel is then easily recycled into a new unit, and can be recycled in this manner for up to 7 times.
UPower generators are based on
technologies with decades of operational success, meaning UPower
generators provide the technological breakthrough that can cut all
carbon emissions from remote generation with a technology that is cost-efficient and works today.