Small scale nuclear to get green light this week

Posted: November 8, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, News, Nuclear power
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SMR transporter

Nuclear is a slow-moving game but signs of progress are emerging. The problems of intermittent wind and solar power are only going to increase in step with their share of the UK power supply, as the government has caved in to the ’emissions’ obsessions of the climate lobby.
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Reactor designer Rolls-Royce will announce that a consortium of investors will back plans for a new smaller nuclear reactor project, reports BBC News.

As part of its 10 point green energy plan, the government has already announced it would provide £210m in funding if that could be matched by private capital.

An announcement that money has been raised could come as soon as Tuesday.

Around 21% of Britain’s electricity supply is provided by nuclear power.

The plan is thought to include the construction of an initial four Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) based on the technology used in nuclear powered submarines.

These reactors will be capable of generating nearly 500 megawatts of power – three times as much as most existing nuclear submarine reactors but more than six times less than the 3.2 gigawatts that the large plant under construction at Hinkley Point will deliver. Hinkley is expected to produce enough power to supply 6 million homes.

However, at an expected ultimate cost of around £2bn each, they should cost less than a tenth of the £20bn each of Hinkley and an anticipated, but not yet approved, sister plant at Sizewell in Suffolk.

Industry sources say they hope that these SMRs would be operational within a decade.

Advocates of SMRs say their smaller size means they can be built in a controlled factory setting and installed module by module, reducing risk and cost.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Gamecock says:

    I really don’t see how this is any different from their announcements last year . . . and the year before . . . and the year before. (Except for a new picture. Frankly, I liked the old picture better.)

  2. oldbrew says:

    Hinkley is expected to produce enough power to supply 6 million homes

    Regardless of time of day and/or prevailing weather conditions, unlike supposedly equivalent claims made for renewables.

  3. Phil Salmon says:

    This endlessly delayed decision – if it indeed does come – will be good news indeed, a rare outbreak of common sense in a government sorely deficient in the same.

    I hear that Wylfa and Trawsfynydd in Wales are sites under discussion for Rolls Royce consortium SMRs.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    there will be a delay of game while the principles work out the payoff schedule

  5. oldbrew says:

    Rolls-Royce gets funding to develop mini nuclear reactors
    Published 36 minutes ago

    Rolls-Royce has been backed by a consortium of private investors and the UK government to develop small nuclear reactors to generate cleaner energy.

    The creation of the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) business was announced following a £195m cash injection from private firms and a £210m grant from the government.

    It is hoped the new company could create up to 40,000 jobs by 2050.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59212983
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    Game on.

    ‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’: Government announces £210m small modular reactor programme
    09 November 2021

    https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4039971/lifetime-opportunity-government-announces-gbp210m-small-modular-reactor-programme

  6. Phil Salmon says:

    Yes now it’s officially announced.

    The only good thing to come from the climate millenarial delusion is this bizarre outbreak of rationality regarding nuclear power. This year’s gas and energy price spike, combined with the global anti-Brexit reaction among left elites, have shown Britain that it needs some strategic independence, and that Talebanic free-market fanaticism won’t always lead to a good place.

    Now expect the more deranged antinuclear types to hitch their wagon to climate skepticism. The climate doom religion has for them backfired disastrously by leading to this nuclear revival. It will be fun to watch this unfolding black comedy.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Renewables advocates see nuclear as a threat…

    Scientists pour cold water on Bill Gates’ nuclear plans

    Companies owned by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are planning to launch the first so-called Natrium nuclear reactor project.
    Date 08.11.2021

    Many countries are weighing smaller, so-called modular, nuclear reactors as a way backing up low emission energy production during the transition from fossil fuel dependence to one based on renewable energy sources.

    The reactor – to be built by Bechtel – will be in Wyoming, the United States’ top coal-producing state, Gates said. “We think Natrium will be a game-changer for the energy industry,” he said.
    . . .
    “Bill Gates has continually downplayed the role of proven, safe renewable energy technology in decarbonizing our economy, playing up instead more dangerous and risky technology like geoengineering and nuclear,” Michael E. Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University, told DW.

    https://www.dw.com/en/scientists-pour-cold-water-on-bill-gates-nuclear-plans/a-59751405
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    ‘Scientists’ turns out to be Michael Mann 🙄

    ‘proven’ to be unreliable and weather dependent ‘renewable energy’ needing constant back-up — would be more correct.

    Gates: “let’s quit jerking around with renewables”. Agree, even if he does have a nuclear plan to sell.

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