UK seeks input on plans to use high temperature nuclear reactors to produce heat for industry. HIGH temperature gas nuclear reactors (HTGRs) could provide low-carbon process heat to help decarbonise heavy industry, under new plans outlined by the UK Government. The Government is consulting on its plans to invest £170m (US$236m) to demonstrate HTGR technology by the early 2030s. The objective of the programme is to show that advanced modular reactors (AMRs) could produce high temperature heat. This could provide a more sustainable form of process heat for the likes of chemical, glass and cement production, rather than burning fossil fuels such as natural gas. The reactors are smaller than those currently used at conventional nuclear plants so could be used for regional or industrial purposes including producing lower-carbon hydrogen, feeding district heating schemes, and producing baseload power to balance out renewables intermittency.
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