SMR

Challenges

The international community is committed to developing low-carbon energy for use across sectors such as electricity, heating, transportation, and industry. However, existing energy sources that emit low CO2 levels are not yet sufficient to achieve carbon neutrality, representing only 13%  of the global energy mix.

Against the backdrop of the energy transition and increasing electricity demand worldwide, SMR (Small Modular Reactors) provide a concrete solution:

  • to replace fossil fuel plants which emit high levels of CO2 and are still over-used,
  • to compensate difficult access to low-carbon electricity in remote locations and off-grid facilities,
  • to address the need for low-carbon energy production as close as possible to where it is needed (e.g., by replacing generators),
  • to offset intermittent renewable energies,
  • to promote nuclear as a source of electricity and heating, including hydrogen production
  • to overcome the difficulties and constraints associated with large-scale nuclear projects (particularly financing),
  • to help countries around the world achieve energy independence.

The development of a global SMR market is a cornerstone challenge for governments and manufacturers seeking to develop and sell this new type of modular reactor.

Our EXPERTISE

Backed by our ambition to build a more flexible nuclear industry, we provide engineering and project management services to encourage the technological and commercial roll-out of SMR projects, with active involvement in several ongoing initiatives:

  • ROLLS ROYCE - SMR
  • NAAREA – xSMR
  • EDF - NUWARD
  • JIMMY - HTR

We support technology providers, end users, and sellers as well as safety authorities and governments in their SMR projects (reactors and cycles).

 Thanks to our dual positioning, our customers benefit from:

  • Support in SMR development
  • Support in SMR industrial roll-out

OUR MAIN SMR PROJECT OFFERINGS

Support in SMR development

  • Project management
  • Licencing
  • Option studies and design
  • Digitalisation of business processes

Support in SMR industrial roll-out

  • Consulting/strategy/seller selection
  • Project management
  • Owner engineering
  • Siting and environmental services
  • Localisation engineering and interfacing
  • Engineering for siting phases
  • Industrialisation
  • Nuclear safety

Learn more about our Engineering and Digital activities

Expert talk

Nuclear engineering goes digital

The current issue is to implement a new, interoperable, pooled data repository in order to ensure better project management and imagine new approaches to operation and maintenance.


Robert Plana
Chief Technology Officer
Robert Plana

A QUESTION, A PROJECT?

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