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U-Battery Developments Ltd

U-Battery Developments Ltd

U-Battery is a micro nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs.

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.

Timeline

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Adam Locke

Partnership and Innovation Leader, Laing O'Rourke

Andrew Bailey

Senior Operations Director Nuclear, Wood - Lead

Chris White

Director, Government Affairs, Urenco

David Fletcher

Head of Business Development, Urenco

Greg Willetts

Vice President Consultancy and Defence Nuclear, Wood

John Eldridge

Engineering Consultant, Urenco

Professor Tim Abram

Chief Technologist

Sean Donnelly

Team Lead, Canada

Steve Threlfall

General Manager, U-Battery

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Design of a U-Battery®

Ming Ding, Jan Leen Kloosterman, Theo Kooijman, Rik Linssen, Tim Abram, Barry Marsden, and Tony Wickham

Executive Summary

November 2011

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link
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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Cammell Laird

John Syvret

Birkenhead

Shipbuilding

Kinectrics

David Harris

Toronto

Life Cycle Management Services

Laing O’Rourke

Ray O'Rourke

Dartford

Construction

Urenco

Boris Schucht

Buckinghamshire

Nuclear Fuel

Wood

Robin Watson

Aberdeen

Energy Services

References