Small Modular Reactors
- Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
- Part of:
- Low carbon technologies and UK energy security
- 17 March 2016
Information about Small Modular Reactors
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are a relatively new technology for civil nuclear power generation. They are smaller than conventional nuclear power station reactors, with power outputs of around 300MWe or less. SMRs are modular, this means that much of the design and plant can be fabricated in a factory environment and transported to site.
Small Modular Reactor Competition
At the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, Government announced that DECC will invest £250m in an ambitious nuclear research and development programme, enabling the UK to be a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies. This includes a competition to identify the best value SMR design for the UK.
- Policy paper
Published: 17 March 2016