The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed Decision Analysis Services (DAS), a UK independent engineering and management consultancy to deliver its new Small Modular Reactor Deployment Enablers project. DAS was established in 2007 and operates across the energy, government and defence sectors in the UK, North America, Europe, Japan and Australasia. Their energy team includes engineers and management consultants with experience of working in the UK civil nuclear sector. The ETI will invest up to £300,000 in the six-month project which will identify what activities need to take place in the first 5 years of a development plan if small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) are to be deployed in the UK. A previous ETI project focusing on alternative nuclear technologies provided an overview of the broad issues and associated timescales required to support a UK SMR fleet deployment from 2030 onwards. It found that there are still many uncertainties around SMR development in the UK but that progress needs to made across a number of areas from 2016 onwards if the option to include them in the UK’s future energy mix is to be kept open. Last year the ETI also released a report – “The role for nuclear within a low carbon energy system,” – which identified the potential for both large nuclear reactors and SMRs to be deployed in the UK as part of the transition towards an affordable low carbon energy system.
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