Jacobs to promote technological innovation

27 April 2021

Jacobs’ nuclear laboratories in Warrington, U.K. will carry out research and development work into new technologies for advanced manufacturing qualification under contracts with U-Battery Developments Ltd and Westinghouse Electric Company U.K., which have successfully progressed to Phase 2 of a competition run by the U.K. government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to promote technological innovation. BEIS is investing USD 50M (GBP 40M) to develop designs for Advanced Modular Reactors (AMR) that will generate low-cost electricity by introducing novel cooling techniques and off-site factory fabrication. 

For U-Battery, a modular reactor being developed by Urenco, Jacobs will deploy its considerable expertise in high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor technology to lead concept design work on the reactor and primary systems, control, instrumentation and autonomous operation, as well as providing safety, environmental and human factors analysis and support.

For the Westinghouse lead-cooled fast reactor, Jacobs is carrying out structural materials, corrosion, and mechanical testing, which are key technical issues for reactors operating at temperatures above 500°C. Jacobs is also creating new experimental facilities for static corrosion, creep, and fatigue testing with exposure to liquid lead at up to 800°C. The aim is to examine the effect on mechanical performance and to identify suitable structural materials for further studies by Westinghouse.