X-energy Books DOD Contract Option to Design Complementary Microreactor

The Department of Defense has exercised a one-year contract option for reactor design engineering company X-energy as the U.S. military is eyeing potential energy applications of nuclear power to bases and operations.

DOD said Wednesday the Rockville, Maryland-based company will further develop its transportable microreactor technology under Project Pele with the goal of securing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license.

The award comes as DOD’s Strategic Capabilities Office seeks to complement a design from BWX Technologies currently in the prototype fabrication phase.

With the exercised option, SCO expects to help advance X-Energy’s work to regulatory preapplication efforts.

The two companies won initial other transaction agreements in March 2020 and options to finalize reactor designs the following year.

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