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News from the UK Power Industry 20th May 2019

Posted by: James Turner
Industry News

£4 million virtual digital program underway for nuclear sector

The second phase of a research programme in nuclear power reactors is set to get underway in the coming months.

The programme, operating under a £4m contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), uses collaborative virtual engineering and high-performance computing to demonstrate cost savings in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power reactors.

Phase one of the digital reactor design programme worked on a proof of concept by developing a computer-simulated design and management platform covering the whole nuclear life cycle.

Phase two’s focus is to implement digital tools in a software framework, utilising real project applications to demonstrate improved efficiency and enable supply chain collaboration.

Energy infrastructure firm Wood has been appointed by the government to lead the research. Bob MacDonald, chief executive of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said the work is proving a concept for a better way of designing and building nuclear power reactors. 

“We’re looking forward to working with BEIS on the next stage and taking a very significant step towards achieving the cost reduction targets proposed by the UK Nuclear Sector Deal,” MacDonald said.

“Making simulations in a virtual world allows designers to take virtual risks, reducing design times and demonstrating cost savings across the nuclear life cycle, from design through to decommissioning,” said Andrew Stephenson, the UK government’s minister for nuclear. “This is key to achieving the cost reduction targets in the Nuclear Sector Deal and part of our modern Industrial Strategy.” Full story.

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£28 million investment in battery technology

In order to ensure the UK’s 2050 zero carbon target, the government is investing £28 in a new national centre of excellence in developing the latest electric car battery technology.

The investment will see a new Gigafactory (a large-scale battery technology factory for electric vehicles) built in the UK, and will also provide practical training to upskill people in battery manufacturing.

Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “Putting the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles is at the heart of our plans – creating jobs, growth and opportunity across the country. Driven by the potential of fast-paced development of battery technology, this investment puts the UK – amongst a handful of countries around the world – on the next step to meet the challenge by the future of mobility.”

Jeff Pratt, Managing Director of UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, said: “It is fantastic to see construction starting on UKBIC and we are looking forward to working with all our partners on this project which will have huge significance on the next generation of battery systems.”

Tony Harper, Faraday Battery Challenge Director at UK Research and Innovation, said: “This new world-class facility will allow the UK to rigorously prepare our home-grown battery technologies for global competitiveness. This additional investment will mean its ambitious facilities will be expanded and improved to meet the soaring demand of the electric vehicle global market.”

The new Gigafactory will be built in Coventry. Full story.

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