Nuclear AMRC welcomes new UKAEA facility

The Nuclear AMRC has welcomed a new £22 million fusion energy research facility to be built at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The facility will see the  UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) working with industrial partners to put the UK in a strong position to commercialise nuclear fusion as a major source of low-carbon electricity.

Located at the heart of the UK’s advanced manufacturing region, the UKAEA base will bring 40 highly-skilled jobs to South Yorkshire. It will foster increased collaboration with research organisations including the Nuclear AMRC and its sister centre, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), both of which are based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Andrew Storer, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome UKAEA to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, and to the Sheffield region’s world-leading cluster of applied innovation. We look forward to working with UKAEA at their new facility to develop manufacturing techniques for fusion power plants and help UK manufacturers win work in this growing global market.

“This development has the potential to create many jobs in the local supply chain as fusion technology matures. This is a huge deal for Sheffield and the North, and we are really pleased to have played a part in this and to be working with UKAEA.”

 

When it opens in autumn 2020, the 2,500 sq m facility will develop and test joining technologies for fusion materials and components, including novel metals and ceramics. These will then be tested and evaluated under the conditions experienced inside of a fusion reactor including high heat flux, vacuum and strong magnetic fields.

The development will help UK companies win contracts as part of Iter, the international fusion project being built in the south of France. Further ahead, it will enable technology development for the first nuclear fusion power plants which are now being designed.

The facility will require regular supplies of specialist metals and materials, providing further opportunities for UK companies.

Colin Walters, Director of the National Fusion Technology Platform at UKAEA, said: “Momentum is growing in fusion research and we believe the opening of this facility in South Yorkshire represents a practical step towards developing power plants.

“This facility will provide fantastic opportunities for UK businesses to win contracts and put UKAEA in a great position to help deliver the necessary expertise for the first nuclear fusion power stations.”

The facility is being funded by the Department for Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal launched last year. An additional £2 million of investment is coming from Sheffield City Region’s Local Growth Fund.

Dan Jarvis MP, Mayor for the Sheffield City Region, said: “The Sheffield City Region is a growing hub of innovation, expertise, and knowledge. These qualities are among the reasons why the UKAEA have chosen to open a new facility in Rotherham, supported by Local Growth funding from the Sheffield City Region.

“As well as creating new skilled jobs and opportunities for collaboration with the nearby research centres, this facility will create opportunities for other businesses as specialist suppliers, boosting the region’s economy and highlighting our world-leading specialisms in advanced manufacturing.”

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, added: “This is a hugely significant and transformative announcement for our city, region and the north of England. Researchers at the University and our Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre are looking forward to working with UKAEA on cutting edge research into fusion energy – a potentially world-changing future source of low-carbon electricity, which could be critical in responding to the climate emergency.”

The UKAEA facility will also complement the University of Sheffield’s new Energy Institute, which brings together capabilities from across the university to develop an affordable and clean energy future that is safe, secure and sustainable.

Nuclear South West Conference 2019

2–3 October 2019, Bridgwater.

The Nuclear South West partnership hosts an event to help companies connect with existing opportunities in the UK nuclear sector, showcase your capabilities to potential customers, and learn about the future direction of nuclear in the UK.

There continue to be huge opportunities for UK and international companies that want to be part of the UK nuclear supply chain. Many of these opportunities are in the South West of England – including the UK’s first new build in a generation at Hinkley Point C, four decommissioning sites, submarine decommissioning, as well as potential development of new technologies for small modular reactors.

With a theme of bringing innovation to nuclear, this two-day showcase and conference highlights current and future opportunities in new build, decommissioning, defence and new technologies including SMRs. Speakers include Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association, Alan Cumming of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Andrew Storer of the Nuclear AMRC, and Professor Tom Scott of the South West Nuclear Hub.

For full details and to register, go to nsw2019.eventbrite.co.uk

Materials and manufacturing technologies for advanced reactors

17 September 2019, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC and Wood invite you to explore the latest research into materials and manufacturing technologies for the next generation of nuclear power.

The Mattear project (Materials & Manufacturing Technology Evaluation for Advanced Reactors) is a research collaboration to develop manufacturing technologies for the next generation of nuclear power, led by Wood as part of the government-funded Nuclear Innovation Programme.

Mattear focuses on four key technologies: electron beam welding, dissimilar metal joining, hot isostatic pressing, and additive manufacturing.

This industry-focused event will explore these technologies, with speakers from industry and research institutions presenting the latest innovations and discussing applications.

Find out more about the manufacturing challenges and emerging opportunities in the supply chain for advanced reactors, learn about the latest government support on offer for companies in the nuclear sector, and discover how your company can take advantage of the innovative manufacturing and materials technologies being developed by the Mattear project.

For more information and to book your free place, go to: mattear.eventbrite.co.uk

EIC Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase

29 October 2019, Sheffield.

Following the success of last year’s Nuclear Decommissioning Showcase, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) are pleased to launch the Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase.

The one-day event is hosted at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre, and will include presentations from Atkins, Sellafield Ltd, Wood, Xodus Group and the Nuclear AMRC.

The decommissioning industry forms a vital component of the global energy industry and supply chain. In the UK alone, the offshore oil and gas decommissioning sector will be worth around £15 billion over the next decade within the UK continental shelf. Globally, this figure increases to over £64 billion over the next 10 years.

In the nuclear sector, Europe is set to become the world’s largest nuclear decommissioning market by the middle of the next decade, with over half of the region’s 223 reactors scheduled to close. And decommissioning strategies for the wind industry continue to develop.

This showcase will focus on the key energy markets of the decommissioning industry, highlighting specific new business opportunities in the oil & gas, nuclear and wind sectors. This event will also draw attention to cross-sector themes between the industries that can provide synergy such as regulations, skills, collaboration and technology transfer.

For more information, visit the EIC Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase event page.

TotalDecom: planning for decommissioning

26 September, Leeds.

TotalDecom presents a supply chain event focusing on smart solutions for smart decommissioning and demolition. Whether decommissioning a power station, chemical process or pharmaceutical site, or oil & gas platform, these models can ensure a safe, effective and environmentally sound project, helping eliminate risks at every stage.

The event will also look at emerging technologies to make these hazardous environments safer for the on-site engineers and the wider environment, and offer an industry exhibition, networking and one-to-one sessions with key players in the decommissioning market.

For more information, visit Smart demolition: planning for decommissioning.

EIC Connect Energy2019

10 September, Manchester.

The flagship event from the Energy Industries Council (EIC) brings together the supply chain with key decision makers from global power, nuclear and renewables companies.

The event combines supply chain briefings, panel sessions and one-to-one meetings with key global developers and contractors looking to do business with the UK supply chain.

Nuclear AMRC CEO Andrew Storer will lead a panel discussion on the future of nuclear new build, with speakers from EDF Energy, Wood, the Nuclear Industry Association and more.

For more information and to register, visit the EIC Connect event site.

Government proposes support for UK SMR

The government is proposing to invest up to £18 million in the UK SMR consortium led by Rolls-Royce.

The consortium proposes a joint investment between industry and government of more than £500 million to support the design a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor (SMR) power station.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark confirmed that the consortium’s proposal has been accepted into the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. An initial award could be made in early autumn, subject to final decisions to invest.

The UK SMR consortium comprises Rolls-Royce, Assystem, SNC Lavalin, Wood, Arup, Laing O’Rourke, BAM Nuttall, Siemens, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Nuclear AMRC.

Rolls-Royce welcomed the announcement, and noted that the government funding will be matched by contributions from the consortium and third party investors.

The initial investment will be used to mature the design, address the considerable manufacturing technology requirements and progress the regulatory licensing process. The consortium says that the funding will also give companies in the UK supply chain the confidence they need to plan investments in capability.

The consortium aims to have a first SMR operational in the early 2030s, around five to six years after the completion of the licensing process.

As set out in last year’s Nuclear Sector Deal, the government is also investing up to £40 million through the advanced modular reactor (AMR) programme, and is currently considering project bids. Up to £5 million will also be provided to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency to build readiness for SMRs and AMRs.

The government also announced the launch of a consultation on the Regulated Asset Base approach to support future investment in new nuclear power. Already used in major infrastructure projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the RAB model could reduce the cost of financing infrastructure and risk for developers while limiting the long-term impact on consumers’ bills.

South Korea decommissioning showcase

13–14 August, Ulsan, South Korea.

The Nuclear AMRC is leading a delegation of UK nuclear suppliers to meet key organisations in the South Korean decommissioning sector.

With 25 reactors producing a third of electricity, South Korea has long been a leader in nuclear energy. But with its first commercial reactor – Kori-1 – shutting down in 2017, South Korea is preparing to enter a new era of nuclear decommissioning.

Kori-1

With a wealth of decommissioning experience at home, the UK has the opportunity to support South Korea with its decommissioning and international new-build programmes. UK-Korean collaboration could be crucial to helping South Korea achieve its decommissioning goals in a safe and economic manner, and UK companies with experience in domestic decommissioning are well placed to help.

UK organisations and companies participating in the event include:

The UK delegates will meet with South Korean government officials and representatives from key nuclear companies such as Kepco and KHNP, and visit the Kori 1 plant.

For more information, contact Jounghwan Lee at AMRC Korea.

Engineering & Technology Solutions Exhibition

25 September 2019, Birchwood Nuclear Hub.

The UK’s biggest independent nuclear suppliers’ exhibition returns to Birchwood Park, the heart of the North-West nuclear cluster.

The Engineering & Technology Solutions Exhibition will feature exhibitors from along the nuclear supply chain, plus technology demonstrations, knowledge-sharing and technical presentations, and networking opportunities.

The event is organised by Nu-Tech Exhibitions & Events, with support from the Nuclear AMRC, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Nuclear Institute, Nuclear Industry Association, National Skills Academy for Nuclear, and TWI.

 

Last year’s event was attended by more than 500 nuclear professionals, with  75 exhibitors from along the supply chain.

For more information, go to: www.nuclearexhibitions.com/BirchwoodEvent

  • Nu-Tech is also hosting a nuclear exhibition at Westinghouse Springfields, Preston, on 11 September. For more information, contact: sales@nu-techassoc.co.uk

NIA Nuclear 2019

5 December 2019, London.

The Nuclear Industry Association presents the UK industry’s leading annual nuclear conference.

Now in its 19th year, the event will bring together speakers from across all parts of the nuclear industry to update and discuss key developments in 2019 and look ahead to 2020. The event will cover, decommissioning, nuclear new build, export opportunities, skills and much more.

For the latest information, visit the NIA Nuclear 2019 event page.