A new £2.9 million nuclear research programme is a “clear message” of Government support for the sector, an expert has said. Amec Foster Wheeler will set up and run the UK Digital Reactor Design Partnership under contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The programme will use virtual systems and high-power computing to improve the techniques used in reactor design and optimisation. The investment is part of a broader effort to put UK industry at the “forefront” of developing new nuclear technology, including small modular reactors (SMRs). The reactors are small enough to be manufactured off-site before being moved and linked up with other power station components.
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