The delivery of carbon Net Zero will depend on the successful deployment of a range of low carbon technologies – including nuclear.
The Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution includes growth in renewable technologies, green hydrogen as well as delivering new and advanced nuclear power for electricity production and other suitable applications.
Delivery of the first Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) demonstrators is targeted to be in the early 2030s.
Given this ambitious target, Bangor University’s Nuclear Future Institute (NFI) hosted a workshop on the 5th May 2021 to discuss the role that AMRs can play in the delivery of the Government’s plan.
The aim was to bring together a diverse range of experts to explore how the UK’s past, present and likely future capability could be aligned to seize the SMR/AMR opportunity to address key energy and climate change issues that we face as a nation and as a planet. This report provides an NFI view, informed by the workshop, of the current status of AMR technologies and the challenges surrounding their effective deployment as part of the UK Net Zero by 2050 strategy.