This high-profile summit’s intent was to create a forum for policy makers and the nuclear supply chain, including operators, engineering and construction companies, decommissioning specialists, major industrial power users, and more, to discuss the future of the nuclear industry.
UK, as per the latest Energy Security Strategy and Europe in general, are now witnessing a revived momentum for nuclear energy as it is a key driver for energy independence and Net Zero targets. The question though is what the nuclear sector should look like in 2050 and how to get there in a timely and sustainable manner.
Not only Europe: the Nuclear Energy Institute is expecting 90 GW of nuclear to be installed by 2050 in the USA, exclusively thanks to SMRs. Nuclear has become a bipartisan priority and some private-public synergies are already being implemented, leading to deployment of new SMRs by the end of the decade.
newcleo was grateful for the opportunity to join the fellow decision makers of the nuclear field and contribute to this important event, that saw us involved in two sessions:
Stefano Buono moderated the panel “International perspective: the nuclear renaissance in Europe and latest developments in the U.S.” with: Jessica Johnson, Communications & EU Stakeholders Director – nucleareurope, Anne Falchi, Head of Strategy, Nuclear New Build – EDF, Clay Sell, CEO – X-Energy.
Stefano then took part in the panel “Plans for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in the UK, including manufacturing and the supply chain”. Joining him on stage, the moderator Alan Woods, Director of Strategy and Business Development – Rolls-Royce SMR, Andy Storer, CEO – Nuclear AMRC and Visiting Professor – University of Sheffield, Adrian Bull, Chair in Nuclear Energy Systems – The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, John Prothero, Nuclear New Build Director – BAM Nuttall.