The government believes that nuclear energy could be important for the UK’s future energy mix. To do that, nuclear energy needs to be cost competitive with other forms of low carbon energy, or provide additional benefits and functionality.
The government wants to explore a mixed range of reactor types in the advanced modular reactor market, with different design characteristics and energy system demands.
BEIS has developed the AMR Feasibility and Development research initiative. This will explore the potential for UK involvement in the commercialisation of AMRs for deployment in the UK and abroad. The goal is to determine how emerging nuclear technologies can meet long term energy and economic policy objectives by:
- helping to ensure that the UK has secure, long-term energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean
- creating opportunities for UK companies
- securing high value content in leading designs
- developing UK manufacturing bases and delivering highly skilled jobs
- ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation in AMR technologies
- tackling climate change by helping to commercialise important, reliable and economic low carbon technologies
By the end of phase 1 of this competition BEIS aims to have:
- created a robust set of criteria for assessing AMRs
- identified the main technical challenges and barriers to deployment
- developed an understanding of the technical feasibility, timelines, energy system benefits and main risks of developing and deploying AMR designs in the UK
- identified opportunities for the UK supply chain in developing AMRs, either in the UK or overseas
- identified opportunities for working with international partners
- confirmed its projections for the resources required to commercialise designs
- written a business case describing the further research and development needed to overcome high priority technical challenges and barriers to the deployment of AMRs. This will form phase 2 of the AMR Feasibility and Development research programme
About SBRI competitions
SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. This can lead to better public services and improved efficiency and effectiveness. SBRI supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services. It does this through the public procurement of research and development (R&D). SBRI generates new business opportunities for companies and provides a route to market for their ideas. It also bridges the seed funding gap experienced by many early-stage companies.
Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for R&D services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. R&D does not include:
- commercial development activities such as quantity production
- supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
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