Engine maker Rolls-Royce has won a place on a Whitehall shortlist of bidders vying to fuel Britain’s nuclear renaissance. The energy department is understood to have picked businesses including Rolls-Royce and American engineering giant Bechtel for the next round of a competition to find a small modular reactor (SMR) design that could power Britain’s homes and businesses. Last year Whitehall announced a five-year £250m nuclear research programme, which included funds to run a competition to find the best-value SMR. These would be factory-built nuclear reactors that are small enough to be transported on the back of a truck or by train and designed to plug into the grid to provide a local power supply.
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