This discussion will be led by Emma Vernon, of the N(ational) N(uclear) L(aboratory). In Emma’s words: “The UK has expressed an interest in the potential deployment of Small Modular Reactor technology as a means to help address the energy trilemma – the need to ensure a secure and affordable supply of low carbon energy. An SMR programme could represent the opportunity for UK nuclear companies to design, manufacture and build next generation reactors to meet this need, and complement the UK’s large scale reactor programme including existing and new nuclear build.
There are many different types of SMR but all face the same challenge – the need to prove themselves both from a technical and economic point of view. This talk will explore some of these challenges.”