UK Government nuclear funding targets SMRs. (Includes a vote on SMRs vs large reactors vs none at all). In an effort to drive economic growth, create new jobs and support its ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 the UK government has announced £40m of funding to develop next generation nuclear energy technology. Three quarters of the funding is targeted at three separate advanced modular reactor projects (AMRs) which are exploring the development of smaller power station reactors that can be built in a factory environments and transported to remote locations. These include fusion reactor technology under development by Oxfordshire firm Tokamak Energy; the development of a lead-cooled fast reactors (a type of fission reactor) by Westinghouse in Lancashire; and U-Battery’s small high temperature gas-cooled fission reactor.
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ATKINS has been awarded a contract for front end engineering design (FEED) of coolant loops for the National Thermal Hydraulic Facility (NTHF), a nuclear test and research facility to be built in North Wales, UK. The UK and Welsh Governments are working together to develop the £40m (US$50.1m) facility that will focus on thermal hydraulics – the movement of heat and fluids in reactor systems during the conversion of nuclear energy into electricity. The facility is being designed by the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), which aims to make the UK a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. Coolant loops are used in nuclear reactors to carry coolant, which removes heat from the reactor core and transfer it to electrical generators and the environment. The coolant ensures that a stable temperature is maintained in the reactor system as it captures heat and converts it into power.
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The next generation of nuclear energy could be developed in Barnwood after the Government provided more than £1.3million to EDF Energy. The Government has given EDF, in Barnwood, Gloucester, £1,373,095 to help develop new ways of manufacturing advanced nuclear parts for modular reactors. It is part of a Government move to provide £40million of funding to unlock thousands of green jobs by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology. An EDF spokesperson said: “Nuclear engineers at EDF’s technical HQ near Gloucester have been working on a project to adapt learning from decades of operating the current UK fleet of nuclear reactors to establish best practice on demonstrating the safety of the next generation of UK nuclear reactors. “This investment from BEIS [Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy] will help fund our ongoing collaboration with Rolls-Royce and the National Nuclear Laboratory, and help us to develop guidance to deliver safe, cost effective nuclear energy, and help Britain towards achieving net zero.” The Government says that the investment would help to ‘turbocharge’ the industry and create up to 200 jobs nationwide. It also says that the funding will develop technologies to supply low-carbon heat, hydrogen, and other clean energy for decades to come.
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Advanced reactors that have a capital cost of less than USD3000 per kilowatt will be attractive investments and create the most value for plant owners, a study by international consultancy LucidCatalyst has concluded. The report found flexible advanced reactors complement wind and solar in markets with high penetrations of renewables.
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