GEH’s BWR portfolio

Built on a legacy of safer and efficient operation

GE’s history of boiling water reactor (BWR) technology dates to the 1950’s. In 1957, the company’s Vallecitos boiling water reactor was the first privately owned and operated nuclear power plant to deliver significant quantities of electricity to a public utility grid. Over the next several decades, more than 60 GE BWRs went into operation with the first Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) entering operation in 1996. GEH’s Generation III+ reactor, the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) was certified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2014.

GEH’s portfolio of modular reactors offer the safest and most efficient nuclear energy generation capability available. Plus, we offer a full range of new and existing nuclear plant services to help you achieve greater project development, execution, and maintenance.

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Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR)

The ABWR is the foundation of GEH’s nuclear reactor portfolio. The first Generation III nuclear plant operating, it offers the benefits of a combined 20+ reactor-years of safe, successful operation

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Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR)

Built upon the ABWR’s proven technology, the ESBWR achieves even greater simplicity in design. Using natural circulation, the ESBWR has 25% fewer pumps and mechanical drives than existing active safety plants.


Featured ESBWR videos

ESBWR: Safer. Simpler. Smarter.

Discover how the world’s safest reactor, the ESBWR, provides improved safety, faster construction and lowers operating costs.

ESBWR: Culmination of 60 Years of Experience

See how the safest nuclear reactor design in the world is projected to have the lowest operating, maintenance, and staffing costs per MW hour of any reactor technology available today.

NRC Grants License to DTE Energy

DTE Energy receives the first-ever ESBWR-based combined construction and operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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