Small modular nuclear reactors to be deployed in Poland 

Posted: June 1, 2016 by oldbrew in Energy, innovation, Nuclear power

Small modular reactors [credit: ANS Nuclear Cafe]

Small modular reactors [credit: ANS Nuclear Cafe]

A thousand or two of these and Hinkley Point C could be surplus to requirements. — PEI reporting.

A UK-based small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) development consortium has announced a co-operation agreement with the Polish National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) aimed at deploying its U-Battery technology in Poland.  

The consortium developing the U-Battery includes lead partner URENCO, Amec Foster Wheeler, Atkins, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke. The companies say their product is a micro-modular reactor designed to produce local power and heat, and is capable of generating 4 MWe and 10 MWth as well as process heat up to 800°C.  

Poland is “one of a handful of initial strategic future markets” the consortium is engaging with, it said, with an eye to use at heavy industrial sites to increase fuel supply security and help the nation meet its decarbonization goals by reducing coal-fired generation.

The company says it has also been in talks with Canadian organizations about using the U-Battery to provide power to remote northern communities. U-Battery is considering a build-own-operate model for its initial distribution.

Andrzej Piotrowski, Poland’s undersecretary of state and energy minister, said the agreement was “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”.

Full report: Small modular nuclear reactors to be deployed in Poland – Power Engineering International

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    This could be the future. Piped, local heating from a 1000 of these devices spread across the UK using operation techniques. No heat to the sea, no massive waste sites although they will need to find somewhere for their waste. Perhaps they could build some Liq,thorium salt reactors the same size.

    I am still disgusted by our governments headlong rush into the wind/solar/battery disaster but we all know politicians are idiots lead by the criminally greedy.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Stephen Richards:
    In Shetland the output of the small (3 turbine) wind farm goes directly to a heater in a large water tank. The hot water provides piped local heating for much of Lerwick. This enables the local power station to run unhindered by the fluctuating output of the wind turbines and, by supplying heat, reducing the load on the power station.
    The storage also acts to smoothout said fluctuations and, as the lower wind speeds in summer and higher in winter match the demand for heat, the seasonal variations are also taken into account.

    They hope to install more turbines and hot water tanks to other settlements but I expect that the idea will have been already dismissed as impractical in Whitehall.

  3. Gerry, England says:

    Rolls Royce already make small nuclear reactors for the defence industry so could churn them out fairly quickly. Enough for the whole country before a spade breaks the ground at Hinckley probably.

  4. steverichards1984 says:

    Interesting facts and figures on their reactor here:

    [reply] thanks

  5. John PAK says:

    Although I was growled at for daring to ask what my father actually did at the UKAEA, in ~1980 I found the patent for the AGR fuel canisters in our house and he seemed to know all about Magnox pressure vessels and he’d often fly to Dounreay for the day or go to Harwell or the Dragon Reactor at Winfrith so I assume he was important despite his absence of formal qualifications.

    He used to despair at the “stupid wastage” of helium on children’ party balloons when the future of nuclear hinged around liquid helium coolant in graphite moderated small modular reactors that were capable of remaining stable during a major coolant loss.
    After reading the summary (thanks Steve) I reckon this U-battery would have ticked many of my fathers boxes.

    My reservation is that no-one has really sorted out nuclear waste storage in a safe long-term manner. The UKAEA destroyed all my fathers work on waste disposal which was basically an advancement of the French glassification.

    One of his greatest laments was that the eyes of politicians would glaze over after the first couple of sentences from him (because they were scientifically illiterate). He even confided that his boss at Risley “was not really a proper engineer”. Coming from him , that was a pretty insulting remark.