Small modular nuclear reactors can play a key role in providing low carbon heat for district heating systems, according to the strategy manager of the UK’s Energy Technologies Network.

Mike Middleton said that “district heating energized by nuclear is proven” in some European countries such as Finland and he added that he believed SMR’s could electrify the estimated 2000 heat networks in the UK.

He was speaking at a panel discussion on the role of SMRs at the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association’s ‘Nuclear 2016’ conference in London yesterday.

Also on the panel was Chris Lewis, energy infrastructure lead partner at EY, who said that “we see a strong future for nuclear in the UK”.

He added that “the prize for SMRs is that they are similar to the automotive industry – you design it once and then just repeat it”.

 

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