U-Battery hosts USNIC during UK Mission on SMRs, Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing
29 October 2016
From 24–28 October, 15 members of the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) visited the UK as part of a mission trip focusing on Small Modular Reactors (SMR), Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing.
On the first night, Urenco and U-Battery hosted an evening reception and dinner at The Travellers Club in London for the delegates. Key contributors to the UK nuclear energy industry also attended and it was a valuable opportunity for US and UK guests to discuss new nuclear energy issues relevant to SMRs, advanced reactors and manufacturing.
On 25 October, delegates attended a tour of four major UK manufacturing and technological sites including Urenco UK. The visitors experienced a tour of the enrichment facility and attended a briefing on U-Battery and Advanced Reactor Fuel discussion.
This year’s trip built on the 2015 Joint USNIC-UK Trade & Investment Mission, on Gen 3+ deployment, which focused on the UK’s ongoing implementation of £250 million investment in nuclear research and development programmes over five years.
Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery and Urenco, comments:
“This mission trip was an ideal opportunity for all delegates to learn more about the UK’s commitment to SMRs, Advanced Reactors and Manufacturing and identify areas for joint opportunities.”
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.