Small Modular Reactor Technology, owned by WItkowitz Atomica a.s. from WITKOWITZ Group, is being developed by Czechatom Design Bureau.PRESENTATION
DAVID is a Czech pressurized water small modular reactor (SMR) with a thermal output of 175MW (50 MWe), designed for decentralized energy generation. The development of SMR technology promises an opportunity to increase the energy security of the Czech Republic. A rapid change in the energy mix is accompanied by a need to rapidly find a specific technical solution for new energy sources. DAVID SMR employs concepts well known by Czech nuclear experts and is based on proven PWR technology.
Decision to start the development of SMR.
The idea of DAVID reactor settled and concept design started.
The concept design is finished, including CBA 5/6 2022.
Works on basic design in progress.
Finished basic design.
Start of detail design and discussions of the conditions licensing.
AFRY CZ s.r.o.
Plant Design Engineer
Nuclear Island Engineer
BRESSON POWER a.s.
Witkowitz Atomica a.s. has an officially registered representative office in Kyiv, which is intended for negotiating with the authorities regulating the nuclear legislation of Ukraine, the operator of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, and potential customers participating in the energy market. Working consultations are being held with the Scientific and Technical Center of the Ukrainian SE NNEGC "Energoatom" on cooperation in introducing DAVID SMR technology into the national energy system. The signing of MOU with SE NNEGC "Energoatom" is being prepared. A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Witkowitz Atomica a.s. and the Ukrainian State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (DNTC NRS). A tripartite memorandum of cooperation was signed between Witkowitz Atomica a.s., BRESSON POWER a.s., and the Institute for Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Witkowitz Atomica a.s. is an official partner of SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN UKRAINE (STCU).
Product Presentations SMR 2022 conference in Prague, Czech republic
On October 19-21, 2021, Witkowitz Atomica and Czechatom, under the protection of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, presented the DAVID SMR project to the Ukrainian professional community at the VI International Specialized Exhibition "MINING & MINERALS EXPO - 2021" in Kyiv: https://www.mpo.cz/cz/zahranicni-obchod/podpora-exportu/vystavy-veletrhy/2021/ceske-firmy-z-oboru-tezarstvi-uspely-na-veletrhu-v-kyjeve-na-veletrhu-mining-and-minerals-expo--262406/
Smaller Emergency Palnning Zone
SMR designs allow for smaller Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) therefore allow for site selection in the vicinity of settlements.
Obsolete technology replacement
Replacement of obsolete coal and gas fired powerplants
Utilizing otherwise wasted energy
Only realistic power source for carbon-free district heating
It is the only realistic power source for carbon-free district heating
Saltwater desalination for irrigation of arid areas and obtaining freshwater in remote areas such as islands.
Potential for Hydrogen production especially in off-peak times
All coming SMRs designs are Gen III+. That means as safe or safer than any existing plant. Generation IV SMRs will push the safety even further.
Safer than large plants.
Some have additional safety features compared to large plants.
One of the safest energy sources
Nuclear is among the safest sources of energy.
Low CO2 production
Lowest CO2 production per unit of energy of all sources including renewables over the lifecycle.
Spent fuel recycling
There are existing technologies of recycling the Spent Nuclear Fuel with minimum actual waste. These technologies are evolving rapidly further improving their efficiency.
Less land and materials needed
SMRs need small fraction of land and materials per unit of energy produced over their lifetime compared to renewables.
Cost comparable to large plants
Cost to build an SMR based powerplant are comparable with large NPPs
Smaller initial expense
Require much smaller initial expense therefore broadening the potential users and therefore beneficiaries of this technology.
Fast to build
They are fast to build therefore further decreasing the cost of capital.