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Response to UK Government Energy White Paper

The South West Nuclear Hub welcomes the long-awaited release of the UK Government Energy White Paper, which confirms nuclear’s role in reaching net zero targets, and creating jobs to power the post-Covid economic recovery. In particular, Advanced Modular Reactors are listed as a priority area in the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to accelerate […]

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Guest Lecture: Small Modular Reactors

Kevin Hesketh - Senior Research Fellow, National Nuclear Laboratory, will give a guest lecture at the University of Bristol.


  • Date: Wednesday 2nd May
  • Time: 1pm -2pm
  • Location: Mott Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory


Small Modular Reactors

Construction of new power generating capacity has historically focused in scaling up electrical output capacity of individual generating plants, resulting in large start-up capital costs of such programmes and long lead times. With a drive to increase the availability of low carbon generating capacity quick as well as decentralising generating capacity, a new train of thought has arisen which has led to the idea of using Small Modular Reactors.

These plants focus on low output capacities, but come with lower start-up costs, increased deployment location flexibility and a capacity to install a number of units over a period of time to match power output to changing requirements.

This talk will provide an introduction to the idea of small modular reactors and will focus on the challenges to be overcome if small modular reactors are to take their place as part of a future energy mix. Construction cost reductions through factory build and advanced manufacturing techniques are the key enablers which will be required to ensure the overall generating costs are competitive.

External Visitors

This lecture is primarily for students and staff on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering, but is open to all. If you are interested in attending please email sw-nuclearhub@bristol.ac.uk

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