IMSR® plants generate high-grade, high-value heat (600°C) unlike conventional nuclear power plants that are limited to lower-grade, low-value heat supply (290°C).
This thermal energy can be transported up to 5 km, or more than 3 miles, away from an IMSR® plant for many industrial uses. These includes chemical production (e.g. green hydrogen and green ammonia), chemical processing, and new applications such as clean synthetic transport fuels – energy intensive applications not served at all today by advances in current clean energy technologies.
Flexible plant siting
IMSR® plants produce thermal energy for industrial applications or generating electricity or both. They can load-follow, making them a perfect carbon-free electric grid partner for variable renewable power generation.
Low impact plant siting
An IMSR® plant site has a small land footprint: 7 hectares, or 17.3 acres, yet it delivers 880 megawatts of power, giving it one of the smallest land footprints per unit of energy. This small land footprint allows for greater siting flexibility and helps ensure that the natural beauty of the countryside is minimally impacted by industrial scale electric power generation.