A common denominator among UK nuclear projects at Hinkley Point, Wylfa, Sizewell and Moorside has been the difficulties in developing, establishing and integrating infrastructure for modern nuclear reactors, says Simon Sjenitzer. Possibly spurred on by these challenges, the UK Government recently announced another phase of funding for research and development in to Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), providing a welcome move for the nuclear industry. The World Nuclear Association 2015 report on SMRs states that their enormous potential rests on several factors. Their small size and modularity could allow for manufacturing to take place in a factory setting, installed module by module, improving quality, efficiency and potentially reducing costs. Also, their size and passive safety features also make them favourable to countries with smaller grid capacity and less nuclear power experience, and can lead to easier financing compared to larger plants.
Process Engineering 13th March 2018 read more »