Government sets out plans for UK’s next-gen nuclear fleet. It is now seeking views on its proposed plans to approach building the country’s first Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator project. The government has published a Call for Evidence setting out how it plans to approach building the country’s first Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) demonstrator project. AMRs are typically smaller, more flexible and cheaper to build than conventional nuclear power stations – the Call for Evidence will specifically explore High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) AMRs, which are able to generate low carbon hydrogen and generate heat at temperatures of up to 950°C. This means they could help slash emissions from energy-intensive processes such as cement, paper, glass and chemical production.
Energy Live News 29th July 2021 read more »
The UK government’s plan to have the latest nuclear technology up and running within the next decade has moved a step closer today as part of the drive to reach net zero emissions. Ministers consider high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs) for £170 million Advanced Modular Reactor Demonstration Programme; as well as producing low carbon electricity for the grid, advanced modular reactors (AMRs) could produce clean hydrogen and high temperature heat to decarbonise heavy industry; government also announces pilot of new Advanced Nuclear Skills and Innovation Campus, as UK harnesses new and advanced nuclear technology to help UK reach net zero by 2050. A Call for Evidence, published today (29 July), sets out the government’s suggested approach to building the first advanced modular reactor (AMR) demonstrator. This will specifically explore high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs) as the most promising model for the demonstration programme, which ministers are investing £170 million into delivering by the early 2030s. AMRs are typically smaller than conventional nuclear power stations, more flexible, and could be built at a fraction of a cost. It is hoped that as well as safely creating electricity to power homes on the grid, HTGRs will also be able to generate low-carbon hydrogen. In addition, thanks to also generating extremely high temperature heat, they could help decarbonise industry and potentially power district heating networks by the 2040s.
BEIS 29th July 2021 read more »