Rolls-Royce & Exelon unite condense nuclear power sites

Rolls-Royce & Exelon unite condense nuclear power sites: Rolls-Royce and Exelon Generation have teamed up to chase the potential for the latter company to run compact nuclear power stations in the UK & internationally.

Rolls-Royce is leading a conference which is designing a low cost factory-built nuclear power site, acknowledged as a small modular reactor (SMR).

Its standardised, factory-made components & modernised manufacturing processes are anticipated to lower costs and the quick assembly of modules and components inside a weatherproof canopy on the power station site itself dodges costly agenda disruptions.

The consortium is working with its partners & the UK Government to secure a commitment for a fleet of factory-built nuclear power stations, to be operational in a decade and each providing 440MW of electricity.

Members consist of companies that include Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre &  TWI.

Exelon Generation will work jointly with the consortium throughout the pre-operation period and will be using its operational experience to help Rolls-Royce in the development and deployment of the UKSMR .

Exelon Nuclear manages 21 nuclear reactors in the US, making over 158 million MWh of electricity a year.

Tom Samson, Interim Chief Executive of the UKSMR consortium stated: “Nuclear power is central to tackling climate change and economic recovery but it must be affordable, reliable and investable and the way we manufacture and assemble our power station brings its cost down to be comparable with offshore wind. It’s a compelling proposition that could draw new players into the UK’s power generation landscape, improving choice for consumers and providing uninterrupted low carbon energy to homes and businesses.

“The opportunity to partner with Exelon is a very exciting prospect for our program, complementing our existing consortium partnerships with one of the world’s largest nuclear operator adds an important dimension to our growth ambitions, embodies the strength of the UK and USA alliance on nuclear matters and offers our future customers the ability to achieve the highest performance standards associated with Exelon’s outstanding operational track record.”

Before being handed over to be operated by power generation companies, the power stations will be built by the UKSMR consortium.

Rolls-Royce & Exelon unite condense nuclear power sites

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