Energy Technologies Institute lays out steps to building fleet of new UK ‘small nuclear’ power stations

CGI of a small nuclear reactor
CGI of a small nuclear reactor

The Nuclear Industry Association has today welcomed the Energy Technologies Institute report looking at the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) by 2030.

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “This report highlights the important steps needed to be completed if we are to see the deployment of SMRs in a timescale to help secure the UK’s energy supplies and achieve climate change objectives.

“This shows the potential of small nuclear as a complementary technology to large-scale new nuclear. Not only will it help secure the UK’s low carbon energy, but with its possible application to combined heat and power could also contribute to the decarbonisation of heat as well as the electricity mix.

“For the potential of SMRs to be realised, we need Government policy to provide confidence for investors and we look forward to the release of its SMR roadmap later this year to provide this clarity and policy direction.”

Meanwhile, Women in Nuclear UK (WiN UK) has announced that Jack Gritt, Jacobs Regional Executive Director of Performance and Quality is to succeed Miranda Kirschel, MBE, as President.

Not-for-profit WiN UK was launched in 2014 and has recently become part of the Nuclear Institute and Kirschel was its first President.  Gritt has been a member of the WiN UK Executive Board for two years and she became vice-chairman in late 2014.

With only 17% of the British nuclear industry workforce being female, WiN UK’s aims are to improve gender balance across the sector.

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