Samsung Heavy develops reactor-powered ship with small modules

Officials from Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute are entering into a business deal after signing a collaboration agreement to develop molten salt reactors, in this photo the shipbuilder posted on Wednesday. (Samsung Heavy Industries Co.)

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. said Wednesday that it has partnered with a local nuclear research institute to develop nuclear powered ships.

In cooperation with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Samsung Heavy plans to develop molten salt reactors, a type of small module reactor using molten fluoride salts as the primary coolant at low pressure, which acts as a carbon-zero nuclear energy source.

Samsung Heavy will open up the market for floating nuclear power plants and nuclear-powered ships based on molten salt reactors, the company announced.

Samsung Heavy Industries will advance the project to fuel one of its future growth engines, including technologies related to ammonia and hydrogen, the company said. (Yonhap)

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