Rolls-Royce awards contract for small modular reactor

Rolls-Royce has awarded a contract to Nuclear AMRC for the development of a small modular reactor (SMR) demonstrator. The project will develop an understanding of modules and help underpin the early stage design principles for the manufacture, construction and operation of its SMR power plants in the UK. Rolls-Royce is leading a consortium of British […]

SMRs ‘could be essential in decarbonising UK’

Small modular reactors (SMRs) could be essential in decarbonising the UK’s energy system. That’s according to a new report by Policy Exchange, which suggests mini-nuclear units are the best way of providing the low carbon power needed to replace existing capacity and meet rising demand as new technologies like electric vehicles (EVs) come onto the […]

UK ‘could deploy new nuclear tech within next decade’

A US nuclear energy firm has laid out an ambitious plan to deploy small modular reactor  (SMR) technology in the UK within the next decade. NuScale says a multi-billion pound venture with the US could see British companies provide more than 85% of the components and research required for UK deployments in the 2020s. The […]

Mini nuclear reactors ‘could be operating in UK by 2030’

Mini nuclear power plants could play a key role in the UK’s low carbon future by as early as 2030. The Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) latest research with development and engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald suggests small modular reactors (SMRs) could play a vital role as combined heat and power (CHP) plants. These mini nuclear CHP […]

Mini nuclear – the future for powering factories?

Factories could get their own miniature nuclear power plants within a decade, suggests a new report from MPs out today. The idea is touched on as part of the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s look at how the Government can help get small nuclear reactors off the ground in the UK. Some heavy industrial users of energy […]

ONR: Working with different regulators risks slowing UK nuclear build

Working with nuclear regulators in different countries risks slowing the development of small nuclear power stations in the UK. That’s the view of the Chief Nuclear Inspector at the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), who was providing evidence at the House of Commons on small modular reactors (SMRs) in Britain. SMRs are reactors that are […]