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U-Battery receives UK Government funding

28 June 2018

The UK Government has confirmed today that U-Battery has been successfully selected to receive funding in the Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Programme.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is investing up to £44 million in AMR feasibility and development work through the programme, with the aims of generating low cost electricity which is delivered flexibly, and providing other functionality such as the provision of heat for domestic or industrial use.

U-Battery General Manager, Steve Threlfall, said:

“U-Battery is delighted to have received the green light to progress to Phase 1 of the Government’s AMR Programme. This will involve receiving a first tranche of funding to produce a feasibility study in which we outline the commercial and technical case for U-Battery.

'The feasibility study will be produced over the next six months, before being submitted to Government.

'We look forward to using the study to demonstrate how U-Battery can deliver a low-carbon solution to address energy and decarbonisation challenges in the UK and global markets.”

U-Battery is a micro modular nuclear reactor being designed to provide secure, low carbon embedded power at industrial sites and remote locations, currently focussing on the UK and Canadian markets. It is being developed by a consortium with a high level of nuclear and engineering expertise, made up of the partners Urenco, Wood Group, Kinectrics, Cammell Laird and Laing O’Rourke.

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About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with its head office based close to London, UK. With plants in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, it operates in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain which enables the sustainable generation of electricity for consumers around the world.

Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for power generation within a framework of high environmental, social and corporate responsibility standards.

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