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.