Small modular reactors offer significant benefits to the UK, experts have said, but government must clarify whether it wants near-term deployment or maximum value to domestic industry, while industry has to efficiently mass produce to realise economic savings.”All SMRs share advantages over large nuclear in terms of siting flexibility, potential operational flexibility, grid stability, and potential use of heat,” Richard Beake of Atkins told a London conference today. He was presenting to the Nuclear Energy Insider Small Reactor UK Summit on Atkins’ contribution to a Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) on SMRs commissioned by the UK government, and due to be published soon. The report is meant to inform government, he said, “as to the potential of SMRs to contribute to the generation of low-carbon electricity at affordable prices in the UK”. It is technology neutral, having taken and anonymised vendor input on 15 reactor designs originating from five countries.
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