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 […]

Tories told small reactors are the way to decarbonise

Small nuclear reactors (SMRs) will play an essential role in the UK’s journey towards decarbonisation. That’s according to David Orr, Senior Vice President at Nuclear Rolls Royce, who said the technology is ideally suited to cost-effectively filling the gap in the grid that will be left when fossil fuel generation is taken off. He suggested […]

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 […]

MPs seek views on nuclear research and tech

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into priorities for nuclear research and technologies. It will revisit some of the recommendations of its report published in 2011 and look into whether the government’s actions in response have improved the country’s nuclear research and development (R&D) capabilities. The Committee will look […]

Government ‘must encourage investment in small modular reactors’

Small modular reactors (SMR) could be operating in the UK by 2030 as there is potential for early deployment of the technology. However to make that happen, the government “has a crucial role” to play in encouraging early investor confidence, the Energy and Technologies Institute (ETI) said. Its report calls for the development of a strong […]

Could mini nuclear plants be the future?

Mini nuclear power plants could play a role in ensuring the lights remain on in Britain. Small modular reactors (SMRs) scale down nuclear technology to a fraction of the size of larger plants and could produce around a tenth of the electricity created by large-scale projects such as Hinkley Point. Companies developing the technology include Rolls-Royce, […]

ETI to invest £300k in nuclear reactor project

A project looking at the deployment of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in the UK is to be launched. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is currently seeking partners and will invest up to £300,000 in the six-month scheme. The ETI is a partnership between energy and engineering firms including BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce, Shell and […]

Small modular reactors an opportunity for UK nuclear sector

Small modular reactors (SMR) are an opportunity for the UK’s nuclear sector. That’s according to NuScale Power which stated the SMR market could be worth £400 million by 2035. SMRs are built at a facility and then ‘dropped into place’ in a power plant. This means they can be placed in remote locations without the […]

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 […]