The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced in July 2010 plans to locate the B&W mPower™ Integrated System Test (IST) facility in Bedford County, Va., at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research.
The IST facility includes a scaled prototype of the B&W mPower reactor that will undergo extensive testing. All of the technical features of the B&W mPower integral reactor are included in the IST, although the source of energy is electricity rather than nuclear.
This multi-year initiative is collecting data to verify the reactor design and safety performance, supporting B&W's licensing activities with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.
IST Facility Dedication Ceremony Video