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U-Battery achieves significant technical milestones

24 March 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, U-Battery accomplished some significant technical milestones in the development programme.

Steve Threlfall, General Manager, U-Battery comments:

“We are pleased to report that many of the components of the U-Battery programme have been reviewed as part of the evolution of our design and cost estimation programme and are confirmed to be at medium to high Technology Readiness Levels. From the outset, our strategy was to use existing technology to minimise development risk and ensure delivery could be faster and more efficient than traditional nuclear projects.”

Areas recently developed include the concept design of the Reactor Pressure Vessel and Intermediate Heat Exchanger and the team are continuing to raise the TRL levels of other major components specific to U-Battery.

With these milestones achieved, U-Battery is engaging with potential UK-based suppliers in areas such as the manufacture, supply, and value engineering of key nuclear components, and the supply of gas turbine technology which will allow each U-Battery to provide 4 MW of high-efficiency, low-carbon electricity.

U-Battery is a micro-modular reactor being developed by Urenco, AMEC FW, WS Atkins, Cammell-Laird and Laing O’Rourke.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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