The United States nuclear industry is moving forward with advanced reactor designs to provide safer, more efficient electricity to replace non-nuclear generation technologies that produce greenhouse gases. However, the technology for advanced reactors must still undergo rigorous safety review.
The Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) Program was launched in response to requests from U.S. companies that require different testing facilities than the commercial nuclear power technology in use today. The VTR is a critical element for the advancement of nuclear technologies domestically and internationally and for re-establishing U.S. leadership in nuclear energy.
Since 2018, Bechtel, in collaboration with nuclear industry leader GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), has supported the research and development phase of the U.S. Department of Energy’s VTR program.