Nuclear fad or nuclear future? IET EngTalk to look at potential use of SMRs
Do bit-sized small modular reactors (SMRs) hold the key to harnessing the advantages of nuclear energy while avoiding the perceived problems?
4 December 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place
Nuclear power stations are always controversial. There are lots of pros and cons; from low pollution, reliability and higher energy density than fossil fuels, to high costs, adverse environmental impact and nuclear accidents.
The industry is looking to the new nuclear paradigm, bite-sized small modular reactors (SMRs), as the solution. SMRs aim to capture the advantages of nuclear power while avoiding the problems, primarily the huge cost and time taken to build massive plants.
In this future energy IET EngTalk, John Molyneux, a leading figure in SMR development at Rolls Royce, will reveal if SMRs are just a fad or are integral to UK’s future nuclear program. He will talk about the UK’s aspiration to build one of the world’s first SMRs during the 2020s, and the challenges and opportunities this ambition brings
Whilst SMRs offer big promises, there are a number of hurdles that must be overcome to ensure their deployment. In addition to dealing with potential pitfalls in design selection, siting, licensing and manufacturing, there is much that must be done to make these technologies a commercial reality.