NuScale Power officials expect to increase their workforce by 50 percent.
The company made the announcement in conjunction with a Friday visit from Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who hit NuScale’s Corvallis plant. The company received a $217 million U.S. Department of Energy grant(the company must
raise funds to match it) last fall to develop small modular reactor technology.
NuScale employs 194 people in Oregon and expects to bring on 105 more by this time next year. Its headquarters is in Portland while its production facility is in Corvallis.
“I was here about three years ago and it’s been fascinating to see the sort of evolution of this,” Kitzhaber said. “It’s had a huge economic impact on the community and … this technology has matured at exactly the right time to potentially be a very significant factor in a low-carbon strategy.”
Thanks to gravity and a convection system, NuScale’s modules shut down automatically in the event of a power failure. It also cools the reactor without the use of pumps, a common fail point in traditional reactor designs.
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