U-Battery Developments Ltd is a consortium of companies lead by Urenco to develop a micro modular reactor (MMR). The other partner companies are Wood, Cammell Laird, Kinectrics and Laing O’Rourke. The micro nuclear reactor will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs.
Urenco initiated the project in 2008, the concept design was developed by the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) over 3 years. A demonstration of U-Battery is targeted for 2026.
A single U-Battery unit will produce 10MWt which can be delivered in a cogeneration configuration with up to 4MWe electricity or 750oC process heat. It will be gas-cooled via Helium in the primary circuit and nitrogen in the secondary circuit. U-Battery runs on high integrity tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) fuel and has flexibility in its construction and installation.
In February 2018 U-Battery Developments Ltd established a Canadian subsidiary company, U-Battery Canada Limited. This is intended to support the marketing of U-Battery to Canada’s many northern and remote communities that require a clean, cost-effective and safe source of electricity and heat, U-Battery intends to replace the use of carbon-intensive diesel fuel.
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