Why we are here
Bangor University's proximity to the new Wylfa Newydd Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) being developed on Anglesey by Horizon Nuclear Power (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd), places it in an ideal position to develop world leading capability in Nuclear Research. Once operational, Wylfa Newydd will employ around 850 people for at least 60 years. With growing interest in new Small Modular Reactor/Advanced Modular Reactor technologies, and ambitions to see the Trawsfynydd site in the south of Gwynedd as a location for their early deployment, the university is also well placed to support this potential development.
The University has signed MoUs with Horizon, Hitachi GE and Imperial College London's Centre for Nuclear Engineering to enable capacity through a variety of interactions around, for example, access to academic and commercial technical expertise, student work and study placements, collaboration for research and use of facilities as well as educational engagements with local young people to raise awareness of STEM subjects. Importantly, the MoU with Hitachi GE will enable access to a number of its leading technical experts who will draw on Hitachi-GE's amassed corporate understanding of the BWR systems and associated technology being deployed in North Wales. A range of promising technical feasibility studies are already emerging from this collaboration.
The University has secured a substantial funding award from the Welsh Government's Sêr Cymru programme in September 2017 (aimed at attracting international research stars to Wales), to bring two world class research teams to Bangor University under the leadership of highly acclaimed research professors. This will see a step-change in the University's capacity and capability to engage with the nuclear research agenda.