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Rolls-Royce signs MoU with Fermi Energia for compact nuclear power stations
Rolls-Royce and Fermi Energia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the potential for the deployment of affordable, compact nuclear power stations, known as small modular reactors (SMR), in Estonia.

The study will cover all aspects of deployment including grid suitability, cooling, emergency planning, human resources, licensing feasibility, economics and supply chain.

Rolls-Royce is leading a consortium that is designing a low-cost factory built nuclear power station, known as a small modular reactor (SMR). Its standardised, factory-made components and advanced manufacturing processes push costs down, while the rapid assembly of the modules and components inside a weatherproof canopy on the power station site itself avoid costly schedule disruptions.

Fermi Energia is a company founded by nuclear scientists, energy experts and entrepreneurs to bring small modular reactors to Estonia to meet its climate goals, help the economy develop and gain energy security.

The consortium led by Rolls-Royce is working with its partners and UK Government to secure a commitment for a fleet of factory built nuclear power stations, each providing at least 440MW of electricity, to be operational within a decade, helping the governments around the world net zero obligations.

The consortium members feature the best of nuclear engineering, construction and infrastructure expertise in Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rolls-Royce and TWI. The current phase of the programme has been jointly funded by all consortium members and UK Research and Innovation.

Tom Samson, interim Chief Executive Officer of the UKSMR consortium, said: “Nuclear power is central to tackling climate change, economic recovery and energy security. To do this it must be affordable, reliable and investable and the way we manufacture and assemble our power station brings its cost down to be comparable with offshore wind. It also stimulates jobs and growth and with the flexibility to power alternative low carbon fuels manufacture as well as providing grid power, it is the best option for underpinning decarbonisation strategies around the world.

“It’s a compelling proposition that has a clear role to play in Estonia’s low carbon energy future and we’re delighted to be working with Fermi Energia to find ways to make that happen as soon as possible.

The power stations will be built by the UKSMR consortium, before being handed over to be operated by power generation companies.

Kalev Kallemets, CEO and co-founder of Fermi Energia, said: “Fermi Energia is looking at Small Modular Reactor designs with credible technical, financial and political commitment to have First of a Kind deployment this decade. Rolls-Royce SMR certainly fits the bill with strong UK government commitment on carbon neutrality and nuclear energy with appropriate national financing on Rolls-Royce SMR development. Estonia and the United Kingdom have enjoyed a century of friendship and cooperation that we hope can be carried into the field of nuclear energy for the 21st century. Fermi Energia will consider Rolls-Royce SMR as one of the credible SMR designs in its national designated spatial planning procedure.”
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Niisiis tuumajaam (ma olen kindel,et selle peale haaravad paljud tõrvikud ja hargid :D ) . Fermi on erapoolik osa kogu Eesti tuumajaama rajamise loos aga nende mõtted on seni üsna huvitavad. Taoline Rolls-Royce või Toshiba arendatav minituuumajaam oleks puuduvaks lüliks Eesti energiavarustatuses kui põlevkivi ära kukub 2040+. Võib unistada,et kogu Eesti energiavajaduse katab tuule ja päikeseenergiaga ära aga karm reaalsus on see,et tolle arendus on üliaeglane seni olnud. Ja fusioonielektrijaamad on veel kauge tulevik mida praktilises kasutuses võib näha vast alles sajandi teises pooles. Seega väga palju valikuid ei jää järgi. Kas hakata arendama tuumaelektrijaama,ehitada mõni muu fossiilkütusel elektrijaam või osta elektrit sisse.
Viimased valitsused on seni olnud ülimalt negatiivsed kogu idee suhtes seega kiireid arenguid ei tasu selles osas loota. Samas oleks huvitav näha kuidas seda projekti suudetaks takistada,kui see peaks saama erarahastuse.

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IMHO oleks tuumajaam vägagi vajalik ja kasulik. Ja niikaua kuni reegleid jälgitakse ja geoloogia ei otsusta drastiliselt muutuda ei ole vaja midagi karta.
Sest paremat/keskkonnasõbralikumat lahendust tagamaks seda nii-öelda "base-load"/"baas nõudlust" on raske leida meile, eriti olukorras kus põlekivist tuleb loobuda.

On a sidenote: Päikese/tuule võimsust meil võib ja peaks olema... aga ilma võimaluseta seda salvestada aegadeks kui pole tuult või päike on peidus on see ebasobilik (seda peaks leevendama see pump-hüdrojaam mis Paldiski juurde mõeldud)
 
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