Boston Atomics is creating the Modular, Integrated, Gas-cooled, High Temperature Reactor (MIGHTR) with a “design to build” philosophy to accelerate deployment and minimize cost. Decades of research and development has shown HTGRs lead the industry in safety and have high technology readiness. MIGHTR is an evolution from this global R&D effort.
MIGHTR is a passively safe reactor and uses the industry’s safest fuel form, TRISO. Gas-cooled reactors have low power densities relative to traditional water-cooled reactors. This enables us to use the physics of natural circulation to maintain long term cooling and safety instead of relying on emergency diesel generators.
Dozens of gas reactors have been built worldwide, starting with the UK Magnox reactors in the 1950s. Decades of operating experience means the engineering and operational challenges are well known and no new materials or methods are required. MIGHTR is an evolution from the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP), a US-led design project started in 2005. Leveraging this previous design gives MIGHTR a head start on the path to deployment.
Easy to Construct
We designed MIGHTR with a construction-first methodology. Traditional nuclear plants require complex, massive structures that slow the construction process and cause delays. We optimized the MIGHTR plant layout for fast, straightforward construction. Our patent-pending design reduces building size 5 times. Contact us to learn more about the technology.
Process heat accounts for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. MIGHTR will generate low-carbon, high temperature process heat at industry leading low costs. MIGHTR can also be configured for combined heat and power applications.
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