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Energy World May 2020

With the continued delays and cost increases at Hinkley Point C, the UK nuclear industry has not received much good press of late. While the future of large-scale reactors is uncertain, a more compact technology might just turn the sector’s fortunes around. 

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are the focus of the first article in this month’s Energy World – and feature prominently across the issue’s nuclear coverage. On page 14, we hear from Tim Chapman of the Nuclear AMRC, part of a consortium developing a first-of-its-kind SMR in the UK. Next up, Nick Cottam appraises the prospects for growth in the nuclear industry, and a scientist from the National Nuclear Laboratory highlights new and novel avenues for innovation. 

We turn our attention to renewables in the latter half of the magazine, with articles on the potential role of urban green spaces in decarbonisation (page 24) , community energy initiatives (page 26) and off-grid renewables in the developing world (page 34). Andrew Mourant also takes an in-depth look at lesser known battery formulations, and how they might fit into an expanding energy storage marketplace. 

Naturally, this edition of Energy World is also permeated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See page 22 for a summary of the virus's impact on the energy industry. 

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