A time to look forward – the future for nuclear. We live in exciting times, and I mean that in a positive sense. The benefit of new nuclear is evident from the large plants now coming online in China. The future for the UK is fraught with major financial and political hurdles but the investment has to be made if the UK is to thrive.
The future prospects for successful energy production are crystal clear, unlike other matters that face nations today. The only feasible solution is nuclear deployed on a grand scale, although there is a healthily wide choice of actual designs to choose from.
Alan Woods described the ideas behind the 440 MWe small reactor that the consortium lead by Rolls Royce has proposed to the UK Government. Unlike many of the other designs that are jostling for attention and support around the world, including the UK, it is based on standard PWR (Pressurised Water Reactor) technology with standard fuel.
China General Nuclear Power Group and EDF Group have today announced that unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant has been connected to the grid, becoming the world’s first EPR to achieve grid connection and power generation.
Sellafield Ltd has signed an agreement that will introduce a significant change in the way it works with its major partner, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). Both have a long and proud history of working together – and the new Technical Services Agreement (TSA) is designed to strengthen that history.
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is seeking views from manufacturers on new regional R&D hubs to provides additional support in key areas of nuclear technology. The Nuclear AMRC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, has launched the consultation to gauge demand from companies working in in the nuclear industry.
The NIA has welcomed the recommendations set out in the House of Lord’s EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee in its report: “Brexit: Energy Security”. Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “The UK’s civil nuclear industry welcomes the conclusions of the committee”.