As the debate over whether to go ahead with the controversial Hinkley Point project drags on into the autumn, one ambitious nuclear start-up is making headway with a novel idea to develop “micro-nuclear” power stations for a fraction of the cost. The U-Battery concept was first conceived by scientists at the University of Delft in Holland and the University of Manchester in 2008 as an affordable, zero-carbon solution to the problem of providing power to sites unsuitable for renewables. Developed in response to a challenge from Helmut Engelbrecht, the former chief executive of uranium enrichment firm Urenco, the U-Battery initiative is now being taken forward towards commercial development by a consortium of six nuclear engineering firms and construction companies, including Urenco. Its makers claim the invention could unlock a new era of British nuclear power development, delivering home-grown zero-carbon power as well as providing UK industry with significant overseas export potential.
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