The Government has recently announced that it will be supporting the research and development in mini-nuclear plants through providing £56m worth of funding.
The funding has been allocated to assess the potential of designs of advanced and Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and speeding up the development of these. It is anticipated that SMR’s will produce a tenth of electricity generated by larger-scale nuclear projects.
Anticipated to be deployed by the end of 2020, the mini nuclear plants are set to provide a solution towards Britain’s looming power crisis, whilst also being a cheaper alternative to the larger nuclear power plants.
Having recently received Fit for Nuclear (F4N) status, QA Weld Tech is delighted with the recent nuclear announcements and believes the boost in funding will help the UK to become a world leader in emerging nuclear technologies.