Memorandum of Understanding with Bruce Power signals continued investment for U-Battery in Canada
06 December 2017
U-Battery is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bruce Power, a supplier of 30% 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.”
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.