Creating jobs in nuclear energy

Nuclear is an obvious answer, but lead times are lengthy and the financing challenges for large reactors are formidable.

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

As we strive towards net zero, the UK needs a low carbon source of power that’s reliable when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.  Nuclear is an obvious answer, but lead times are lengthy and the financing challenges for large reactors are formidable. Small modular reactors (SMRs) can dramatically reduce both cost and lead times for nuclear new build, bringing a crucial part of the transition to zero carbon energy online both quickly and cost-effectively.

The Nuclear AMRC has demonstrated how advanced manufacturing techniques can reduce capital costs and production time for a new generation of these compact modular nuclear power stations. Working as part of the UK SMR Consortium, led by Rolls-Royce and comprising nine engineering companies and research institutions, the Centre has focused on key manufacturing technologies which could be deployed in SMR factories across the UK.  Its work has included developing an optimised machining strategy, which will reduce the floorspace required within the factories and the capital cost of the facilities, and investigating fixturing, part movement, metrology and cleaning technologies to reduce production times while ensuring quality.

The UK SMR programme is now entering its second phase, supported by up to £215 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund plus up to £300 million of private investment.

As well as delivering a key source of low carbon energy, the consortium expects to create around 6,000 jobs by 2025, and 40,000 by 2035.


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