As Parliament is closed for the UK General election, and thus MPs are not sitting on select committees scrutinising Government activities, the energy department (BEIS) chose Friday last week to release an extraordinarily tendentious report promoting new & untried design nuclear power plant development within the UK, and nuclear technology and related services sales abroad. Titled the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (Nuclear fission (EINA sub-theme) it runs to 75 pages long, with annexes. Written by the consultancy Vivid Economics, it is supported by The Carbon Trust, E4Tech, Frazer Nash Consultancy and Imperial College London, with modelling support by Catapult Energy Systems. They should all be ashamed to put their names to such a desultory, biased and ludicrous report, based on complete fantasy. The nuclear energy sub-theme analysis focusses exclusively on nuclear energy, covering three categories of nuclear power: Generation III (Gen III), Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs).
David Lowry’s Blog 11th Nov 2019 read more »
The Energy Innovation Needs Assessments (EINAs) support evidence and analysis on the role of different technologies in the UK’s future energy system. Following a methodology pilot phase in 2016 to 2018, BEIS commissioned a consortium led by Vivid Economics to provide analysis on future energy innovation needs. The work, and the suite of reports, is referred to as the Energy Innovation Needs Assessments (EINAs). The EINAs take a whole-system view of the energy sector and provide evidence and analysis on: the role of different technologies in the UK’s future energy system; potential domestic and export growth opportunities; where innovation support and investment for those technologies could deliver the greatest benefits
BEIS 8th Nov 2019 read more »
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has provided initial match funding to a consortium comprising Assystem, BAM Nuttall, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Rolls-Royce, Atkins, Wood, The Welding Institute and Nuclear AMRC. This investment will allow the companies to develop a Small Modular Reactor designed and manufactured in the UK. The Small Modular Reactor (SMR) will be capable of producing cost effective low carbon electricity and creating significant export opportunities for UK businesses.
Construction 12th Nov 2019 read more »