Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

15 Jul 2020

£40 million to kick start next-gen nuclear technology


  • Government invests £40 million to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology, creating R&D and manufacturing jobs across the UK
  • funding will develop technologies to supply low-carbon heat, hydrogen, and other clean energy for decades to come
  • building new, low-carbon industry will support the UK’s clean economic recovery as we move towards net zero emissions by 2050

Part of this funding will support 3 Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) projects, which are far smaller than traditional nuclear plants and use intense heat generated in nuclear reactions to produce low-carbon electricity. They can be used at remote locations thanks to their size, and can produce enough energy to power anything from a small village to a medium-sized city.

£30 million of funding will speed up the development of 3 AMR projects in Oxfordshire, Cheshire and Lancashire and drive them closer towards supplying low-carbon energy to the nation. The remaining £10 million will be invested into unlocking smaller research, design, and manufacturing projects to create up to 200 jobs.

Minister for Business and Industry, Nadhim Zahawi, said:

"Advanced modular reactors are the next step in nuclear energy and have the potential to be a crucial part of tackling carbon emissions and climate change.

Today’s investment will immediately create new jobs in Oxfordshire, Cheshire and Lancashire. But through this vital research, the technology could also create thousands more green collar jobs for decades to come."

Full press release. 

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