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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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