Agreement to investigate deployment of U-Battery in Poland
26 May 2016
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 is an advanced/small modular reactor, capable of providing a low-carbon, cost-effective, locally embedded and reliable source of power and heat for energy intensive industry and remote locations. It is being developed by Urenco in collaboration with a number of supporting organisations and has received funding from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Energy Innovation Portfolio.