Nuclear power is a divisive topic, some leaders want to scrap nuclear projects and focus on renewables, and others want to forge on with building large power plants while also developing smaller reactors. But, will either option help Britain hit ‘net zero’ by 2050? The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advises a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, replacing the previous aim of an 80% emissions reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. To make net zero a reality for businesses, Britain should build new nuclear power stations and scale up carbon capture technology and infrastructure, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in a letter to the Secre Alongside small modular reactors, there are micro nuclear reactors (MNRs). MNR technology is in its infancy but could have the potential to provide big benefits to the UK, in energy supply and cost, speed of deployment as well as potential economic and commercial opportunity, a report from BEIS found. One of the key differences between small modular reactors and micro nuclear reactors is that an MNR can produce around 30MW in electrical output, whereas SMRs have a capacity in the range 30-300MW, planned new build large reactors (LR) have a capacity in the range of 1100- 1700MW. MNRs need a lower initial capital investment then SMRs, less maintenance and can be used in locations unable to accommodate more traditional larger reactors. The report explains that an advantage of MNRs is their simplicity that allows them to be constructed relatively easily. However, much more R&D work needs to be done to prove their viability.
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