Small Modular Reactors In Maritime Innovation


Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), with their compact size and scalable design, are revolutionizing the energy landscape by offering a versatile, zero-carbon emission energy source suitable for various applications. One of the groundbreaking ventures in this realm is led by the Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO), which is spearheading the development of innovative maritime solutions powered by SMRs.

Neo-Panamax Container Ship

KRISO is pioneering the conceptual design of a high-speed neo-panamax container ship capable of accommodating up to 15,000 TEU, driven by SMR technology. This endeavour aims to revolutionize maritime transportation by integrating clean and efficient nuclear power into the propulsion system of large-scale vessels.

Integrated Safety Analysis

A paramount concern in utilizing nuclear power for maritime applications is ensuring the safety and integrity of both the vessel and its nuclear power source. KRISO is developing a comprehensive framework for integrated ship-nuclear power safety analysis, encompassing rigorous safety protocols and risk mitigation strategies to ensure the secure operation of SMR-powered ships.

Floating SMR Power Generation Platform

Recognizing the need for stable power generation in offshore environments, KRISO is designing a floating SMR power generation platform. This innovative solution will provide a reliable electricity supply to remote island areas, offering a sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuel-based power generation methods.

By collaborating with industry leaders such as HD Hyundai Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and establishing the Nuclear Energy Maritime Organization (NEMO), KRISO is driving forward the commercialization of SMR-powered maritime technologies, ushering in a new era of clean and efficient maritime transportation and offshore energy generation.

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Source: Safety4Sea