Small Modular Reactors
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are nuclear fission reactors that are smaller than conventional reactors. The term “small” in the context of SMRs refers to design power output.
Small modular reactors have a power output of less than 300 MWe. The term “modular” in the context of SMRs refers to its scalability and to the ability to fabricate major components of the nuclear steam supply system (NSSS) in a factory environment and then transported them to the site.
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The Rolls-Royce SMR is a small modular nuclear reactor design developed by Rolls-Royce, a British engineering company. The Rolls-Royce SMR is an integral pressurized water reactor (iPWR) that uses pressurized water as both the coolant and the moderator. The Rolls-Royce SMR is an integral pressurized water reactor (iPWR) that uses pressurized water as both the coolant and the moderator. The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to use conventional nuclear fuel, which consists of low-enriched uranium oxide pellets arranged in fuel rods.
The Rolls-Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactor) is a nuclear reactor design being developed by Rolls-Royce, a British engineering company. Some of the characteristics of the Rolls-Royce SMR include:
- Size and power output: The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to produce between 200 and 400 MW of electricity, making it suitable for both large-scale and smaller-scale power applications.
- Safety features: The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to have a high level of safety and incorporates several passive safety features, such as a gravity-driven cooling system and a passive residual heat removal system.
- Flexible deployment: The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to be deployed in a range of different applications, including as a baseload power source, as a backup power source, or for industrial processes, such as hydrogen production.
- Modular design: The Rolls-Royce SMR has a modular design, which allows for flexible deployment and easy maintenance. The modular design also makes it possible to add or remove units as needed to meet changing energy demands.
- Low carbon emissions: The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to produce low levels of carbon emissions and to be a reliable and cost-effective source of low-carbon energy.
- Compatibility with renewable energy: The Rolls-Royce SMR is designed to be compatible with renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, by providing a reliable source of baseload power that can be ramped up or down to complement variable renewable energy output.
Rolls-Royce is currently working on the development and demonstration of the Rolls-Royce SMR, with the goal of commercializing the technology in the future. The company is also working with a range of partners to explore potential deployment opportunities for the Rolls-Royce SMR in the UK and around the world.