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Technology Rolls-Royce Pitches Nuclear Reactors as Key to Clean Jet Fuel

18:55  06 december  2019
18:55  06 december  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Rolls - Royce Holdings Plc is pitching nuclear reactors as the most effective way of powering the production of carbon-neutral synthetic aviation fuel Read More: A Billion Wind Company Bets Hydrogen Is Key to Climate Goals. Rolls aims to minimize regulatory barriers by building an initial

Image copyright Rolls - Royce . Mini nuclear reactors could be generating power in the UK by the end of the decade. Rolls - Royce is leading a consortium to build small modular reactors (SMRs) and install them in former nuclear sites in Cumbria or in Wales.

(Bloomberg) -- Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is touting nuclear reactors as the most effective way of powering the production of carbon-neutral synthetic aviation fuel without draining global electricity grids.

Drawing on technology developed for nuclear-powered submarines, the small modular reactors or SMRs could be located at individual plants to generate the large amounts of electricity needed to secure the hydrogen used in the process, according to Chief Executive Officer Warren East.

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The planned nuclear reactors are just a tenth the size of traditional nuclear reactors and are much easier and far quicker to build as well, the company Rolls - Royce says each station will provide 440 megawatts of electricity — roughly three quarters what a traditional reactor generates — but in a

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Synthetics and biofuels are likely to become the mainstay of aviation in coming decades, East said, providing liquid propellants for the next generation of aero-engines before the advent of all-electric alternatives. Reactors that could power the hydrogen extraction are small enough to be transported by truck and would occupy a building one-10th the size of a nuclear power station.

An SMR attached to a synthetic fuel plant would “provide a very competitive solution,” East said in a briefing at the Aviation Club in London. Electricity costs would be 30% lower than for a large nuclear facility, matching wind power, with the modular approach allowing parts to be made on a factory production line.

So-called electrofuels are synthesized using carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide captured from sources such as cement production, together with hydrogen derived from water via electrolysis, itself powered by sustainable electricity sources such as wind, solar or nuclear. In the future, direct carbon capture from the atmosphere could sever any link with fossil sources.

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Rolls - Royce aims to sell nuclear reactors for the production of synfuel for aircraft.[14]. Many SMRs are fast reactors that are designed to have higher fuel burnup rates, reducing the amount of A key driver of SMRs are the alleged improved economies of scale, compared to larger reactors , that stem

London-based Rolls-Royce, Europe’s biggest maker of jetliner engines, would partner with a petrochemical specialist or alternative-energy startup to develop the technology, East said.

The proposals face significant obstacles, including widespread public concern about radiation leaks and the safe disposal of nuclear waste, as well as question marks over U.K. plans to revive the sector after Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. withdrew from major projects.

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