AREVA Inc. Delivers Next-generation GAIA Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel
July 09, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9, 2015 – AREVA Inc. has completed the first delivery to an American utility of GAIA lead test assemblies (LTAs), its next-generation pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel design.
“This delivery is an important step in the deployment in the U.S. market of GAIA, an innovative solution that provides an answer to some of the operational and economic challenges faced by our customers,” said Ron Land, senior vice president of AREVA Inc.’s Fuel Business Line. “This is a major success for AREVA’s research and development teams.”
AREVA’s GAIA fuel is the result of a global research and development project to meet the ever-increasing demands of utilities in terms of safety, reliability and robustness. Advancements include better thermal performance, intrinsic tolerance to earthquakes and enhanced mechanical behavior.