Our Vision

To provide clean, affordable energy for all

A New Approach to Delivering Nuclear Power

Rolls-Royce SMR is a radically different approach to delivering new nuclear power. 

By taking advantage of factory-built modularisation techniques that drastically reduce the amount of on-site construction, it can deliver a low-cost nuclear solution that is competitive with renewable alternatives. 

At the heart of the Rolls-Royce SMR concept lies the innovative modularisation of reliable and proven technology, allowing maximum use of the factory environment combining standard components with advanced manufacturing techniques. 

The Rolls-Royce SMR will operate at very high levels of availability (>92%) for 60 years, providing long term stable clean energy, to support both on-grid electricity as well as a range of off-grid clean energy solutions.  It will support the decarbonisation of industry and the production of clean fuels to enable the energy transition in the wider heat and transportation sectors.

Our vision is to provide clean, affordable energy for all.

For nuclear power to be widely adopted and meaningfully contribute to the global effort to decarbonise, it needs to be commercially investable and reliably delivered.

The global challenge around decarbonisation is huge, with an increasing demand for clean, affordable electricity set to increase, driven by:

  • Increasing electrification of systems, including transport and heating systems

  • A growing hydrogen economy, where clean forms of hydrogen generation need clean electricity at large scale

  • The emergence of e-fuels and synthetic aviation fuels to enable decarbonisation of transport

  • An increasing demand for energy, driven by population growth and increasing global development

  • An increasing demand for constant forms of power to support a decarbonising electricity grid and growing technology industries, such as data centres.

Why is it needed?

Our SMR has been developed in direct response to the enormous challenge facing the world as we look for new technology solutions to decarbonise our future energy needs. 

Climate change and its consequences are now rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest challenges ever to face mankind and our SMR represents the most compelling way in which nuclear energy can play a significant role in that future clean energy world by helping to decarbonise electricity generation.

They can also become a source of clean energy that powers the production of future fuels (for example Hydrogen and Synthetic Aviation Fuel (SAF)) needed to decarbonise other sectors such as transport, heat and other industries.

And it's a global challenge

Governments and industrial companies need reliable, affordable low carbon power sources to achieve their Net Zero targets.  Nuclear is acknowledged as a ready-now low carbon technology but to-date has only been affordable to the governments of a few major world economies.  Rolls-Royce SMR’s ambition is to disrupt that pattern and make reliable, low carbon power from nuclear plants available on a commercial basis to a wide range of end users all over the world.  

Nuclear is capable of providing constant, predictable power at scale and therefore has a strong role to play in the future, but to succeed it must be competitive with other forms of low carbon technology on a like-for-like basis.

How is it Different?

The current, outdated model of nuclear new build as a major, one-off infrastructure project is not fit for purpose in a world that needs new nuclear power stations delivered quickly and affordably to a wide variety of global locations.

Our approach means that approximately 90% of the plant will be factory fabricated and delivered by road or rail as modules to the prepared site, where the plant will be assembled and commissioned by the Rolls-Royce SMR team under a turnkey Engineering, Manufacture, Assembly (EMA) contract.  

Offering a nuclear power station as a manufactured product delivers the cost and risk reductions and quality improvements associated with factory fabrication, while simultaneously removing the expense, lead-time and risk associated with developing a new, inexperienced supply chain and EPC contractor team for each new plant constructed.   

The Rolls-Royce SMR has been designed from the outset with end user requirementmarket driven outcomes at the heart of the design.

What they are saying

"Energy security, decarbonisation and electrification are fundamental to the growth and success of modern economies and the health of the planet, and have led to a significant and inevitable growth in the demand for new nuclear power. I am honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to Rolls-Royce SMR and the deployment of the UK's vital and deliverable solution to the global energy security challenge."

Sir Stephen Lovegrove GCMG KCB, Rolls-Royce SMR Chair

Next generation technologies such as Small and Advanced Modular Reactors, new nuclear will both produce low carbon power and create jobs and growth across the UK.

The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, HM Government

Rolls-Royce is a great British company, which is why we previously made up to £210 million available from the advanced nuclear fund to Rolls-Royce SMR Ltd to support the development of its small modular reactor design.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Nuclear and Networks), Andrew Bowie MP

SMRs are one of the most advanced nuclear power technologies in the world. Rather than having to be built on site, they're smaller and can be made in factories, transforming how power stations are built by making construction faster and less expensive. This tech could result in billions of pounds of public and private sector investment.

Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP