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U-Battery comment on Expert Finance Working Group report on financing small nuclear
08 August

U-Battery read with interest yesterday’s report from the Expert Finance Working Group and will be reviewing the recommendations in detail.

In June, U-Battery successfully progressed to phase one of the UK Government’s Advanced Modular Reactor Programme.

During phase one of that programme we will produce a feasibility study which will make the commercial and technical case for U-Battery.

We are delighted at the Government’s show of support for advanced modular technologies and look forward to demonstrating how U-Battery can help to address energy and decarbonisation challenges in the UK and overseas.


U-Battery receives UK Government funding
28 June

The UK Government has confirmed today that U-Battery has been successfully selected to receive funding in the Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Programme.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is investing up to £44 million in AMR feasibility and development work through the programme, with the aims of generating low cost electricity which is delivered flexibly, and providing other functionality such as the provision of heat for domestic or industrial use.

U-Battery General Manager, Steve Threlfall, said: “U-Battery is delighted to have received the green light to progress to Phase 1 of the Government’s AMR Programme. This will involve receiving a first tranche of funding to produce a feasibility study in which we outline the commercial and technical case for U-Battery.

“The feasibility study will be produced over the next six months, before being submitted to Government.

“We look forward to using the study to demonstrate how U-Battery can deliver a low-carbon solution to address energy and decarbonisation challenges in the UK and global markets.”

U-Battery is a micro modular nuclear reactor being designed to provide secure, low carbon embedded power at industrial sites and remote locations, currently focussing on the UK and Canadian markets. It is being developed by a consortium with a high level of nuclear and engineering expertise, made up of the partners URENCO, Wood Group, Kinectrics, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke.


U-Battery Establishes Canadian Subsidiary to Advance Development of Micro Modular Reactor
23 February

U-Battery is pleased to announce the creation of a Canadian subsidiary company, U-Battery Canada Limited.

U-Battery is a micro modular reactor that is intended to support Canada’s many northern and remote communities by providing a clean, cost-effective and safe source of electricity and heat, allowing them to move away from carbon-intensive diesel fuel. The reactor is also intended to power remote industrial sites, including off-grid mining operations.

It is being developed by URENCO in partnership with Wood, Cammell Laird, Laing O’Rourke and Kinectrics.

Current work is focused on a collaboration between Kinectrics and URENCO to advance the design, development and licensing of the U-Battery reactor in Canada.

U-Battery will also continue to focus on market development in the United Kingdom.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“The incorporation of a Canadian subsidiary brings us closer to the development, licensing and the eventual deployment of U-Battery units across Canada. With over 300 remote communities in Canada, as well as remote heavy industry, there is a strong market interest in a low carbon, reliable and cost-effective energy alternative to diesel. We look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with our Canadian partners to make U-Battery a reality.”

U-Battery is a 10 MWt/4MWe high temperature gas reactor that has been designed as a cogeneration (combined heat and power) unit.


U-Battery exhibiting at CNA2018
23 February

U-Battery demonstrated its value to the northern and remote communities of Canada by exhibiting at the CNA2018 conference in Ottawa.

Running from 21-23 February the event was attended by U-Battery General Manager Steve Threlfall and Director of Government Affairs for URENCO, Chris White.

This follows the announcement last year that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Bruce Power, a supplier of 30 per cent of electricity in the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Steve said: “We are very committed to pursuing the opportunity to develop, license and eventually deploy U-Battery units across Canada.

“As part of this we were pleased to attend the CNA conference and hold discussions with a number of relevant parties. We look forward to future collaboration with them during the year.”


U-Battery presentation at Nuclear 2017
11 December

U-Battery General Manager Steve Threlfall discussed recent developments for U-Battery at the Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) conference in London last week.

He was invited to join a panel from the Small and Advanced Modular Reactor world to discuss how they could benefit the UK economy.

The event was attended by Richard Harrington MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who gave an update on the nuclear sector deal and small modular reactors.

Steve said: “We’re pleased the Minister has made a positive announcement supporting advanced modular reactors. We support the Government’s decision to reassess the direction of its SMR policy, and look forward to working within the new framework to deliver U-Battery.

“In 2017, we have focused our efforts on understanding the global market potential and business case in more depth and reaching out to a greater number of stakeholders in the UK and Canada, whilst continuing engagement with Poland and the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).”

U-Battery is a high temperature gas micro modular nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs. It is being developed by URENCO, Wood, Laing O’Rourke and Cammell Laird.


Small Modular Reactors (SMR) policy
07 December

We support the Government’s decision to reassess the direction of its Small Modular Reactors (SMR) policy. We also look forward to working within the new framework to deliver U-Battery, a micro modular reactor, which is a low-carbon solution to address unique energy and decarbonisation challenges.


Memorandum of Understanding with Bruce Power Signals Continued Investment for U-Battery in Canada
06 December

U-Battery is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bruce Power, a supplier of 30 per cent of electricity in the Canadian Province of Ontario. URENCO, AMEC NSS Limited and Bruce Power finalised the partnership agreement, which outlines:

  • Cooperation in the process of design review and licensing.
  • A feasibility study for the potential deployment of micro nuclear reactors across Canada, including Bruce Power being the owner and/or operator of a fleet of U-Battery units.
  • Investigation into the suitability of a Bruce Power site for the deployment of a U-Battery demonstration reactor.

U-Battery is being developed by URENCO in partnership with Wood plc and AMEC NSS Limited, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke. It is a 10 MWt/4MWe high temperature gas reactor that has been designed as a cogeneration (combined heat and power) unit.

Its uses include, but are not limited to, providing an improved quality of life for remote communities that are reliant on expensive, polluting and carbon-intensive diesel. It is also intended to be used for industrial sites. To-date, URENCO , Wood plc and AMEC NSS Limited have led preparation activities for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission vendor design review process.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“U-Battery is pleased to have signed this MOU with Bruce Power. The partnership accelerates our commitment towards development, licensing and the eventual deployment of U-Battery units across Canada. We look forward to learning and collaborating with Bruce Power to make this a reality for industries and communities in remote regions that are looking for a low carbon, reliable and cost-effective energy alternative to diesel.”

Frank Saunders, Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power, comments:

“As a nuclear power operator, Bruce Power is pleased to participate in this effort to improve the availability of clean electrical power through new technologies.”

About URENCO
URENCO is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with its head office based close to London, UK. With plants in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and in the US, it operates in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain which enables the sustainable generation of electricity for consumers around the world. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by URENCO, the URENCO Group provides safe, cost-effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for civil nuclear power generation within a framework of high environmental, social and corporate responsibility standards. For more information, please visit www.urenco.com

About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About AMEC NSS Limited
AMEC NSS Limited has more than 35 years of experience in providing technical, analytical, licensing, regulatory, project management and engineering design services to nuclear utilities and licensees in Canada and around the world. From its origins as the Nuclear Safety Analysis Division within Ontario Hydro, the nuclear business in Canada employs over 500 staff, in addition to affiliates in the US and Romania, with extensive experience in the design, maintenance, operation and analysis of nuclear and conventional steam cycle power plants in the Canadian and international nuclear industry. Operating in a project-driven regime, AMEC NSS has performed a wide variety of projects for over 50 global clients, and has annual revenues in excess of $100 million.


U-Battery agrees Memorandum of Cooperation with JAEA
19 May

U-Battery is pleased to announce that on 18 May 2017, a Memorandum of Cooperation was agreed with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) in the field of High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) technologies including design, materials and safety evaluation.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“U-Battery is delighted to be collaborating with the JAEA. Both U-Battery and the JAEA recognise the importance of international cooperation and we’re looking forward to working together to further develop U-Battery’s potential to support energy intensive industries and remote communities .”

The agreement is especially timely as the JAEA has also recently started cooperation with the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) in Poland. In May 2016, an agreement was reached between U-Battery and NCBJ to proceed with the deployment of U-Battery and, in the event that the NCBJ introduces a demonstration HTGR from URENCO, the Japanese HTGR technologies are expected to be used in the demonstration reactor.

Kazuhiko Kunitomi, Director General, JAEA comments:

“We realise the importance of our collaboration with U-Battery and also the NCBJ to facilitate domestic R&D for early practical realisation of HTGRs. It is important to us that we are able to contribute in the development of commercially viable reactor technologies which could be used for new applications.”

U-Battery is a high temperature gas micro modular nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs. It is being developed by URENCO, Amec Foster Wheeler, Laing O’Rourke and Cammell Laird.


U-Battery exhibits at Nuclear Industry Forum, London
17 May

From 15-16 May, U-Battery exhibited at the Nuclear Industry Forum in London, UK. For the eleventh year, the Forum bought together key figures in the nuclear industry and provided an opportunity for delegates to share updates and learn about developments upcoming in the industry over the next year.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery, contributed to one of the Vendors’ Panels titled, ‘Delivering innovation for the UK’s nuclear needs’, which considered the benefits of SMRs and how the UK is preparing to build a successful SMR industry.

Steve Threlfall comments:

“This is the first time U-Battery has exhibited at the Nuclear Industry Forum and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with colleagues in the nuclear industry.

“The Vendors’ Panel provided U-Battery, along with other modular reactor developers, a forum to discuss how all sizes of nuclear reactors are key to meeting the world’s low-emission energy needs. Different technologies offer different business propositions in terms of investment cost, maturity of design and complexity. The UK is in a good position to contribute significantly to the micro and small nuclear reactor market worldwide”

U-Battery is a high temperature gas micro modular nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs. It is being developed by URENCO, Amec Foster Wheeler, Laing O’Rourke and Cammell Laird.


U-Battery exhibits at 2017 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show
28 February

From 22- 24 February, U-Battery was an exhibitor and Silver Sponsor of the 2017 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show, held in Ottawa, Canada.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Mission Possible: Innovation for a Cleantech Future” and more than 850 participants attended from industry, government, academia, and NGOs.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery, comments:

“Innovative technologies were a dominant theme of the conference and delegateswere very enthusiastic about the potential of U-Battery and the benefits it can bring to the Canadian market. The discussion of Canada and Ontario’s “Nuclear Advantage” was a key message from industry and government.”

Sean Donnelly, from Amec Foster Wheeler on behalf of the U-Battery consortium, participated in the SML Panel Discussion on “Challenges for Deployment” and this was a successful discussion which led to delegates to seek further information on U-Battery at the exhibition stand.


U-Battery hosts USNIC during UK Mission on SMRs, Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing
26 October

From 24 – 28 October, 15 members of the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) visited the UK as part of a mission trip focusing on SMRs, Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing.

On the first night, URENCO and U-Battery hosted an evening reception and dinner at The Travellers Club in London for the delegates. Key contributors to the UK nuclear energy industry also attended and it was a valuable opportunity for US and UK guests to discuss new nuclear energy issues relevant to SMRs, advanced reactors and manufacturing.

On 25 October, delegates attended a tour of four major UK manufacturing and technological sites including URENCO Capenhurst. The visitors experienced a tour of the enrichment facility and attended a briefing on U-Battery and Advanced Reactor Fuel discussion.

This year’s trip built on the 2015 Joint USNIC-UK Trade & Investment Mission, on Gen 3+ deployment, which focused on the UK’s ongoing implementation of £250 million investment in nuclear R&D programmes over five years.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery and URENCO, comments:

“This mission trip was an ideal opportunity for all delegates to learn more about the UK’s commitment to SMRs, Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing and identify areas for joint opportunities.”


U-Battery exhibits at ENC, Warsaw and SMR Summit, London
26 October

From 9-13 October 2016, U-Battery exhibited at the European Nuclear Conference (ENC) in Warsaw, Poland. The international conference welcomed delegates from across the nuclear industry and provided an opportunity for scientists, nuclear industry representatives and policy makers to discuss ideas and innovations that will drive the technological developments of the future.

During their visit, members of the U-Battery team met with Jonathan Knott, British Ambassador to Poland, to discuss further the opportunity for the deployment of U-Battery and the potential for U-Battery in the Polish market.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery and URENCO, comments:

“At the ENC we met with an interested audience about the potential of U-Battery. We welcomed the opportunity to meet with Jonathan Knott and discuss the potential for U-Battery to be deployed in Poland and for High Temperature Gas Reactors to support energy intensive industries.”

From 18-19 October, U-Battery exhibited at Nuclear Energy Insider’s Small Modular Reactor UK Summit in London, England.

Steve Threlfall was one of the industry experts who contributed to the session: SMR’s for the UK Market: The Business Case. During his presentation, Steve addressed the global market opportunity for micro-modular reactor technology, the latest international market interest in U-Battery, the prospects for UK Plc and the next steps for the business.

Steve comments:

“The SMR UK Summit provided a valuable platform to engage with others working within the SMR market and discuss the opportunities, challenges and innovations for the future of nuclear energy.”


Japan Atomic Energy Agency share valuable learnings with U-Battery
19 July

On 14 July, members from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency met with the U-Battery team at URENCO’s Head Office to share their experience of Japan’s High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“This was a valuable opportunity. We listened to important learnings from the Japanese experience and our visitors were able to present an update on the state of development of the test reactor.”

The following day the group had a site tour of the high temperature research / test facility and the gas-cooled reactor test facilities being installed in Warrington by Amec Foster Wheeler.

Photo shows members of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and members of the U-Battery team at URENCO’s Head Office in Stoke Poges, UK.


U-Battery exhibits at SMR 2016 conference
10 June

U-Battery was delighted to co-sponsor the ‘Small Modular Reactors: What, Why and When? conference at St. Ermin's Hotel, London on 8-9 June 2016.

Delegates from across the nuclear industry attended the conference. U-Battery provided an insight into the design of the reactor and how it could provide high-efficiency, low-carbon electricity in an inherently safe way.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“The SMR conference was a great opportunity to engage with an interested audience. We are now entering the next phase of U-Battery development which will deliver the Basic Design and commence Safety Case Preparation.”

The conference explored what constitutes a Small Modular Reactors (SMR), why they might be required in the UK, and when they might be deployed.

U-Battery is a micro-modular reactor being developed by URENCO, AMEC FW, Atkins, Cammell-Laird and Laing O’Rourke.


Agreement to investigate deployment of U-Battery in Poland
26 May

U-Battery is pleased to announce the agreement of terms with the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) to cooperate for the deployment of U-Battery in Poland. Agreement was reached and a Confidentiality Agreement was signed during the visit of the Polish Undersecretaries of State for Energy, Andrzej Piotrowski and Michal Kurtyka, to the United Kingdom on 24-25 May, accompanied by other senior officials from the Polish Ministry of Energy.

The parties reaching agreement were URENCO, as lead partner in U-Battery, and the leading Polish institute for nuclear innovation, the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ). The Centre and U-Battery have agreed to investigate the potential for U-Battery in the Polish market.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery and URENCO, comments:

“U-Battery is delighted to be collaborating with the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ). Poland is one of a handful of initial strategic future markets that we are engaging with. We look forward to working with NCBJ and others to understand the potential for U-Battery to be deployed in Poland and support energy intensive industries.”

Minister Andrzej J. Piotrowski (Undersecretary of State and Minister of Energy) said:

“I am very pleased that agreement has been reached during my visit to the United Kingdom. It is crucial for Poland to leverage our scientific potential by teaming in globally significant deployment of cutting edge technology that have a huge potential to reframe the emission-free energy sector picture. It is a major step in exploring a range of technologies to address future needs of safe, environment friendly, dispersed and still flexible and easy to integrate technologies of co-generative energy production.”

Krzysztof Kurek, Director, NCBJ, explains more:

“We are glad to initiate this collaboration with leading European nuclear industries. It is essential for us to participate in the development of the most advanced reactor technologies which could be used for new applications, important for the Polish and European industry.”

U-Battery is a micro-modular reactor being developed to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs, including but not limited to energy intensive industries and isolated locations.

The partners developing U-Battery are URENCO, Amec Foster Wheeler, Atkins, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke.


U-Battery achieves significant technical milestones
24 March

In the first quarter of 2016, U-Battery accomplished some significant technical milestones in the development programme.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“We are pleased to report that many of the components of the U-Battery programme have been reviewed as part of the evolution of our design and cost estimation programme and are confirmed to be at medium to high Technology Readiness Levels. From the outset, our strategy was to use existing technology to minimise development risk and ensure delivery could be faster and more efficient than traditional nuclear projects.”

Areas recently developed include the concept design of the Reactor Pressure Vessel and Intermediate Heat Exchanger and the team are continuing to raise the TRL levels of other major components specific to U-Battery.

With these milestones achieved, U-Battery is engaging with potential UK-based suppliers in areas such as the manufacture, supply, and value engineering of key nuclear components, and the supply of gas turbine technology which will allow each U-Battery to provide 4 MW of high-efficiency, low-carbon electricity.

U-Battery is a micro-modular reactor being developed by URENCO, AMEC FW, WS Atkins, Cammell-Laird and Laing O’Rourke.

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Mini nuclear plant could power UK homes
20 July

A mini nuclear power generation on a site the size of two squash courts could soon provide power to local communities in the UK.

Developer U-Battery – part of the uranium enrichment giant Urenco – is working through the design phase of a project to build the low cost 4MW generators.

The company said that initially it was designing the units to provide back up power to existing and planned nuclear power plants. But it added that the aim was to build stand alone units.

U-Battery project lead Steve Threlfall told a conference in London last week that the system used a stable Triso coated fuel particle currently manufactured in the United States.

Threlfall said: “The life expectancy is 60 years and it will be refuelled every five years. We see our market in the UK but also for remote sites across the world.”

The project has been in development since 2008 and has been worked on in collaboration with the University of Manchester, Atkins and Amec Foster Wheeler.


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