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05 July 2021
U-Battery's General Manager, Steve Threlfall, has contributed an opnion piece to Canada's National Observer, entitled: "Is there a path to net zero without nuclear power?"
The article makes the case for advanced nuclear being part of a broad-reaching solution to move away from fossil fuel generation and toward zero-carbon energy projects.
Steve said: "Given that climate change mitigation remains at the forefront of the Canadian government’s agenda, we must look to marry the intangibles of clean energy technologies like SMRs with broader regional infrastructure development initiatives. The true potential of SMRs could be unlocked by integrating them into larger infrastructure hubs that concurrently provide other value-added applications for remote communities, including water purification, hydrogen production and district heating. As a result of accessing these capabilities, remote communities could become more self-sufficient and have their own greenhouses, hospitals, recreational facilities and much, much more."
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.
Rebecca Astles, Urenco
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James Watson, Madano (UK)