£20m boost for nuclear fission research

BEIS and Innovate UK are to fund five key areas of research into existing and future nuclear power, including small modular reactors

New nuclear reactor designs including SMRs will form part of the research funded. Copyright: 3daliaResearch into civil nuclear fission is to get a £20m boost between from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The funding, announced on 3 November, is for further research into five key areas of nuclear fission.

It is part of a doubling in energy research spending to more than £400m per year by 2021, following a commitment in last year’s Autumn Statement.

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