Rolls-Royce returns to Manchester, making city its small modular reactor division HQ 

Posted: June 24, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, News, Nuclear power
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SMR transporter


Talk is moving to action in SMR world. The background of the present energy situation seems to favour it, given the ongoing reluctance to burn ‘fossil’ fuels.
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Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has confirmed that its small modular reactors (SMR) division is to locate its head office in Manchester, reports TheBusinessDesk.com.

Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce SMR’s chief executive, made the announcement during a stakeholder event in Manchester, where the company’s senior leadership team gave an update on the project to deploy a fleet of SMR power stations.

Mr Samson said: “Rolls-Royce SMR is coming back to Manchester, where Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met in 1904.

“We’re growing as a company and, as we move at pace to build our SMR power stations in the UK, the time is right to set up our head office in this fantastic city.

“We’re on target to recruit 850 people to work on this incredibly exciting project by the end of this year. As the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion, we will play a vital role in providing clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for generations to come.”

The new head office, at 11 York Street, will operate alongside Rolls-Royce SMR’s existing locations in Warrington and Derby.
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Nine-tenths of an individual Rolls-Royce SMR power plant will be built or assembled in factory conditions and around 80% could be delivered by a UK supply chain.

A single Rolls-Royce SMR power station will occupy the footprint of two football pitches and power approximately one million homes.

It can support both on-grid electricity and a range of off-grid clean energy solutions, enabling the decarbonisation of industrial processes and the production of clean fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and green hydrogen, to support the energy transition in the wider heat and transportation sectors.

Full report here.
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Rutherford’s Legacy – the birth of nuclear physics in Manchester.

Comments
  1. […] Rolls-Royce returns to Manchester, making city its small modular reactor division HQ  […]

  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘It can support both on-grid electricity and a range of off-grid clean energy solutions, enabling the decarbonisation of industrial processes and the production of clean fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and green hydrogen, to support the energy transition in the wider heat and transportation sectors.’

    In other words, they aren’t serious.

    “Backed by £210m government funding last year, Rolls-Royce’s small modular reactors have the potential to be a key part of boosting the UK’s nuclear power capacity up to 24GW by 2050, as we turbocharge plans to generate more clean, affordable, home grown power in the UK, for the UK.”

    This is showmanship, not engineering.

  3. Saighdear says:

    Yes, ( slightly O/T about the E10 ) did you hear Boris yapping in Rwanda ( it seems – ‘cos the Beeb cut the (live ?) report to advertise it’s rubbish progs for foreign countries ( I thought the tv had self changed the channels ) . He was RAMBLING on about food production – FERTILISER ( I thought) but no, not CO2 altho’ he blabbed about Phosphates and Nitrates ( polluting the water !! ? ) . Turned out it was the COMMONWEALTH and something about 20% reduction …. what HAD he had for Tea ? … and I never heard any more about it…………. but it stuck in the mind. and NOW we have LIBERALS coming in with THEIR daft green policies …. next election results prophesy, anybody ?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactors: ‘We have 60 years experience of producing small reactors for submarines’.

    https://www.rolls-royce.com/innovation/small-modular-reactors.aspx#/

    Replace submarine with large shed? And get the costs down…

    More than 70 commercial SMR designs being developed around the world target varied outputs and different applications, such as electricity, hybrid energy systems, heating, water desalinisation and steam for industrial applications. Though SMRs have lower upfront capital cost per unit, their economic competitiveness is still to be proven in practice once they are deployed.

    https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/what-are-small-modular-reactors-smrs

    If they’re like a lot of other manufacturing production lines, the more they make the lower the unit cost per SMR.

  5. Gamecock says:

    ‘More than 70 commercial SMR designs being developed’

    Meaningless. Gamecock can design an SMR.

    ‘If they’re like a lot of other manufacturing production lines, the more they make the lower the unit cost per SMR.’

    Building nukes is NOT like other manufacturing. Government regulation is tortuous.

    And, ‘production line’ doesn’t apply when you are making one unit a year.

  6. Gamecock says:

    BTW, I liked their old picture better. It was sexy; this looks like a culvert.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Because SMRs are designed to be largely made in factories, manufacturers will be able to use lessons learned from other sectors such as aerospace to drive down costs, and exploit new manufacturing techniques which aren’t approved for current reactor designs.

    https://www.namrc.co.uk/intelligence/smr/
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    EDF reportedly ready to pull out of Sizewell C nuclear project
    Thursday 23 June 2022

    Unions have warned that the UK’s nuclear future will be at risk if the government investment decision for the project is delayed

    In response to the reports, a government spokesperson told ELN: “We remain in active and constructive negotiations with EDF in relation to Sizewell C.

    “Nuclear power has a key role in our transition to cleaner and cheaper energy as set out in our British Energy Security Strategy.

    https://www.energylivenews.com/2022/06/23/edf-reportedly-ready-to-pull-out-of-sizewell-c-nuclear-project/
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    ‘cleaner and cheaper energy’ – cheaper than what?

  8. Gamecock says:

    ‘and exploit new manufacturing techniques which aren’t approved for current reactor designs’

    Government isn’t going to go away. Build it in a field, or in your building, government is going to make you sorry you ever started the project.

    No reason to believe “techniques which aren’t approved” will be approved.

    I complement RR for getting up front money from the government. No nuke project should be pursued unless backed 100% with government money, so when they cancel it, you don’t get burned.

  9. catweazle666 says:

    Sorry for naff link.
    Try this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akademik_Lomonosov

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