Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Funding calls for 'mini' nuclear reactors

nuclear plant for web

An independent group of finance experts has called on the government to increase funding for “mini” nuclear reactors.

The government-appointed group has suggested that smaller nuclear plants should be offered the same subsidies as those provided to offshore wind developers.

The proposal would see developers of micro reactors under 600 megawatts receive subsidies to build new reactors.

It comes after the government announced a £56m research and development fund to advance types of small reactor technologies.

Energy minister Richard Harrington welcomed the group’s suggestions.

He said: “Advanced nuclear technologies provide a major opportunity to drive clean growth and could create high-skilled, well-paid jobs around the country as part of our modern industrial strategy.”

The UK government has committed itself to nuclear energy after backing Hitachi’s plans to create a plant in Wylfa on Anglesey.

Like what you’ve read? To receive New Civil Engineer’s daily and weekly newsletters click here.

 

Tags

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.