Small modular reactors (SMRs) could help secure the UK’s nuclear industry after the country leaves the EU. That’s according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which says the technology could present the UK with key export opportunities if a competition was organised to allow projects to reach demonstration and commercialisation. It recommends the UK Government commits to long term nuclear research and development programmes, including a pathway for SMRs. It suggests the existing nuclear licensed site at Trawsfynydd in North Wales would be well suited as a potential location for an SMR facility.The institute adds the UK should remain an associate member of Euratom to continue scientific progress in the sector.
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Ministers must back the development of so-called baby nuclear reactors to secure the future of the UK sector, engineers have claimed. Research and development of Small Modular Reactors could provide the UK with key export opportunities, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said. IME head of energy Jenifer Baxter said that UK had gone from being the first country to develop a civil nuclear programme to trailing countries like China, France and Canada in development. “This would not only help to meet future energy demand, but also to develop skills, local employment and build future export business,” Baxter said.
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