Nuclear Reactors

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Conservative, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has researched the use of stable salt reactor technology as part of the UK's energy mix.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has considered the potential for molten salt reactor technology to contribute to the UK’s energy mix. In 2014 Innovate UK funded a study examining the feasibility of developing a pilot scale reactor for six molten salt reactor designs. In 2015 the Government commissioned the Techno-Economic Assessment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), to which a molten salt reactor developer contributed evidence. There are currently a number of molten salt reactor vendors participating in the UK SMR Competition and Government officials have met with them to discuss their proposals.

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