Delivering reliable, safe, home-grown power is essential for the net zero future.

Renewable energy will be central in the new energy system, but many sources of renewable energy are intermittent – they do not produce easily predictable quantities of electricity from day to day.

Other sources of power are needed to support the renewables sector to ensure continuous supply.

Gas currently plays this role, but it is not a low carbon technology, and mostly has to be imported. Other options are importing electricity from neighbouring countries or developing storage technologies on a very large-scale. These all have a role to play, but none offer reliable, home-grown supplies of low carbon power on the same scale as nuclear.

Nuclear has a vital role to play as a safe, proven, technology which has been at the heart of the UK’s energy system for decades – from the era of coal generation to the increasingly renewables-led sector.

With renewables, nuclear is ready to keep the lights on in future.

It’s time to Rediscover Nuclear.

 

Nuclear is at the heart of the UK's energy system

Nuclear power provides 20% of our electricity. That’s 1 in 5 homes, 1 in 5 schools and 1 in 5 hospitals across the UK.

Nucle...

Nuclear power provides 20% of our electricity. That’s 1 in 5 homes, 1 in 5 schools and 1 in 5 hospitals across the UK.

Nucle...

Nuclear power provides 20% of our electricity. That’s 1 in 5 homes, 1 in 5 schools and 1 in 5 hospitals across the UK.

Nuclear has played this key role at the heart of our energy system for decades.

As a reliable source of low carbon energy which can balance wind and solar when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining, nuclear will play a critical role in the energy system of the future.

Home-grown power for the UK

Securing low carbon energy for the future of the UK means we need home-grown sources of power.

If we rely on imported gas or elect...

Securing low carbon energy for the future of the UK means we need home-grown sources of power.

If we rely on imported gas or elect...

Securing low carbon energy for the future of the UK means we need home-grown sources of power.

If we rely on imported gas or electricity, decarbonisation will be out of reach.

Nuclear power is generated and supplied in the UK, and not affected by changes abroad.

As a home-grown industry, nuclear power also ensures the majority of economic benefit from investment in nuclear stays in the UK – including roughly two thirds of the value of Hinkley Point’s construction.

The low carbon future is in our hands if we rediscover nuclear.

New nuclear

Nuclear isn’t just at the centre of the current energy system, but the centre of the future energy system too.

The new build...

Nuclear isn’t just at the centre of the current energy system, but the centre of the future energy system too.

The new build...

Nuclear isn’t just at the centre of the current energy system, but the centre of the future energy system too.

The new build project at Hinkley Point C will provide 7 % of UK generation, powering 6 million homes.

Hinkley Point C is also a major boost to the supply chain, with over 3,000 people employed at the site.

This huge boost to the supply chain will also help to deliver future new build projects, whether conventional nuclear, small modular reactors or fusion, which will provide low carbon, reliable energy which underpins the switch to a zero carbon economy.

New build is ready to play a part delivering the energy system of the future.

Terrestrial Energy: The Leading Edge of Nuclear Innovation

Cutting-edge technology company, Terrestrial Energy, is developing an advanced reactor design, called the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), for deployment in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere. As a scalable, affordable and cost-effective clean energy alternative to fossil fuel combustion, Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR is poised to transform the clean energy landscape. Leading the way among advanced fission developers, the company aims to be commissioning first commercial plants within ten years.

Influential voices such as Dr. James Hansen and Bill Gates recognize the huge potential of nuclear innovation. Nuclear technology is essential for economic growth, social progress, and addressing our environmental challenges. Nuclear power remains the only clean energy technology that has a demonstrable record of decarbonizing national electric power grids.

The future of nuclear includes many different nuclear technologies. Advanced fission reactors such as Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR power plants are powerful tools to achieve deep decarbonization –they can pair seamlessly with wind and solar power and provide reliable heat for a wide range of essential industrial processes and can power hydrogen production at scale. The key to their success will be whether they can produce carbon-free energy at a price competitive with fossil fuels. The IMSR using advanced fission technology in an innovative and practicable design can achieves costs of 40 GBP (50 USD) per MWh.

Today, Terrestrial Energy and IMSR development are supported by some of the world’s leading nuclear energy companies, and their senior executives offer decades of world-class experience. The IMSR is one of several advanced fission technologies that could help the United Kingdom achieve its zero-carbon energy future and make a major contribution to the world’s growing energy demands. For all these reasons, it’s time to rediscover nuclear energy with advanced fission.

Developing a hybrid clean nuclear and energy storage solution

Moltex Energy is developing a hybrid clean nuclear and energy storage solution, as part of the fight against climate change. Moltex’s aim is to deliver electricity at lower costs than today’s fossil fuel sources, and at scale globally, thereby having a meaningful impact on climate change and on energy poverty.

The breakthrough Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) is an advanced modular reactor that generates cheap, clean and safe electricity. Existing stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel are used as the fuel source, removing the costs and long-term liabilities of this high-level waste. The clean energy created can be stored, using Moltex’s patented GridReserve® technology and then used to drive turbines as and when the power is needed.  This is low carbon, firm and load-following power generation which will naturally help to reduce the overall systems costs of a carbon-free network. It’s also very cheap, with an LCOE well under £40.

Moltex is part of the UK government’s Advanced Modular Reactor initiative and, through a collaboration with its utility partner NB Power, Moltex is expecting to build the first operational Stable Salt Reactor in New Brunswick, Canada.

In less than five years, Moltex Energy’s advanced nuclear technology has attracted financial support from governments in Canada, the UK and the USA. More recently, Moltex Energy closed an investment round, including crowd-funding through the Shadow Foundr platform. The round closed at its maximum of £6m against a target of £4m and is bolstering Moltex Energy through its pre-licensing process in Canada and supporting the further development of the business in the UK.

The impact of nuclear

Ever thought about the economic, social and environmental impact of the UK’s nuclear industry?

 

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