LONDON, UK, 15 September 2023 – Clean nuclear technology company newcleo and National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for forthcoming collaborative activities on advanced nuclear research and development.
NNL is widely recognised as qualified pioneers, innovators, and experts across the whole nuclear industry. They provide access to knowledge, technology, and leading facilities to partners and customers. Their four world-leading laboratories in England host pioneering experts that work at the forefront of nuclear science.
newcleo is working to deliver innovative reactors, which will significantly reduce existing volumes of radioactive waste and plutonium, as well as end the need for further uranium mining for the long-term benefit of communities and the environment. The first step of newcleo’s delivery roadmap will be the design and construction of the first-of-a-kind Mini 30MWe Lead Fast Reactor (LFR) to be deployed in France by 2030, rapidly followed by a 200 MWe commercial unit in the UK.
newcleo and NNL will be able to work together on challenging and rewarding programmes to further innovation in Advanced Nuclear Technologies. This MOU will play a significant role in newcleo’s mission of providing the world with a safe and stable power source, and in both parties’ commitment to supporting the delivery of net zero in the UK by 2050.
This MoU creates the foundation for collaborative activity on an expansive range of topics, including Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) materials testing; Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel development research; development of advanced reprocessing techniques and skills development for activities related to MOX fuel, and advanced reprocessing research.
Stefano Buono, newcleo Chairman and CEO, commented:
“I am very pleased that we have signed this MOU with National Nuclear Laboratory.
“NNL has been a driving force behind innovation in our industry in the UK, and their support in our mission and commitment to pushing forward advanced nuclear technologies makes them excellent to work alongside as we progress in our UK-based activities.
“Our commitment to collaborate on pioneering work in nuclear science, underpinned by robust research and data, will support the UK’s security and independence of energy supply, and the development of safe solutions to global environmental challenges.”
Gareth Headdock, Vice President of Government and New Build, National Nuclear Laboratory added:
“Advanced nuclear technology is a critical enabler for the world to meet its net zero goals. As the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission, our scientists and engineers engage with all organisations developing reactors and fuels to further progress the development of these technologies to market. We look forward to working with newcleo on this innovative programme.”