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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. It is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by General Electric and Hitachi. In Japan, the alliance is Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy.[1] In November 2015, Jay Wileman was appointed CEO.[2]

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
IndustryNuclear power
FoundedJune 2007; 12 years ago (2007-06)
HeadquartersWilmington, North Carolina, US
Area served
Key people
Jay Wileman (President & CEO)
Number of employees



  • 1955: Atomic Power Equipment Department established by GE
  • 1957: GE's first privately financed nuclear power reactor provides electricity for commercial use in Vallecitos, California
  • 1960s: BWR 1 and 2 constructed and begin operation
  • 1970s: BWR 2 through 4 constructed and begin operation
  • 1980s: BWR 5 and 6 constructed and begin operation
  • 1997: ABWR design certified by the NRC
  • 2005: ESBWR design certification filed by NRC
  • 2014: ESBWR design certified by NRC
  • 2017: ABWR design certified by the Office for Nuclear Regulation[3]


The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is the world's first operational Generation III Class advanced light water reactor design. The NRC has docketed GEH's petition for renewal of ABWR certification.[4] The Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), the Generation III+ Class design reactor, received a positive final safety evaluation report and final design approval in March 2011, and is expected to receive a license from the NRC by September 2011.[5][6]

GEH's Power Reactor Innovative Small Modular (PRISM) is a Generation IV reactor that uses liquid sodium as a coolant.

In 2018 GEH agreed to collaborate with Holtec International on the commercialization of the Holtec SMR-160, a 160 MWe pressurized water reactor (PWR) small modular reactor.[7]

Nuclear servicesEdit

As nuclear plants get older and worldwide demand for energy increases, GEH offers services for adapting plant performance and power output as well as maintenance for extending plant life.

Fuel servicesEdit

GEH’s fuel cycle business supplies fuel products and services to customers around the world. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy owns the Morris Operation—the only de facto high-level radioactive waste storage site in the United States.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-07-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "GE Hitachi names new CEO". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  3. ^ "Hitachi-GE ABWR design cleared for use in UK". World Nuclear News. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
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  5. ^ "GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's ESBWR Reactor Design Receives NRC's Final Design Approval, Clearing The Way For Global Sales". The Street. 2011-03-09. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
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  7. ^ "Holtec and GEH team up on advancing SMR-160". World Nuclear News. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.