UK SMALL MODULAR REACTORS (SMRs)
A NATIONAL ENDEAVOUR

JUST ONE SMALL NUCLEAR PLANT
CAN POWER 62,857 ELECTRIC CARS

BRITISH SMALL NUCLEAR PLANTS CAN DELIVER LOW COST, LOW CARBON ELECTRICITY – REPORT ISSUED TODAY

British consumers could benefit from lower cost electricity if the Government was to back an SMR programme for the UK, according to a new report issued today by Rolls-Royce and its partners in a UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR) consortium. Read and download the report today.

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“The UK has never had a greater need for low cost, low carbon, safe, secure and reliable energy production. Our energy infrastructure continues to age and we are overly reliant on fossil fuels to generate our electricity.

“Demand for energy will rise as the UK embraces the opportunity of a new and exciting electrical economy, with innovative technologies such as electric cars and enhanced digital connectivity transforming the way we live our lives and run our businesses. In a changing political environment, such as our withdrawal from the EU, it’s becoming increasingly important that the UK is able to produce and sustain its own energy supplies.

“A UK SMR programme represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK nuclear companies to design, manufacture, build and operate next generation reactors to meet our energy challenge.”


Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce

UK Small Modular Reactors (SMR)

Nuclear power plants based on small modular reactors (SMR) technology offer a convincing alternative to the uncertainties of the large nuclear new build programme. For a relatively small investment outlay, SMRs avoid the complex challenges associated with nuclear mega-projects that require tens of billions of pounds of Government-backed investment to progress.

A UK SMR programme is a national endeavour that by 2030 could represent a significant element in the reinvigoration of the nuclear sector and help the UK become a vibrant, world-leading nuclear nation. The programme will bring together the essential players including research bodies, academia, regulators, skills network, industry and Government to tackle the challenges and exploit the opportunities that lie ahead.