Nuclear power is the largest source of low-carbon electricity in the developed world and the second largest, after hydro, in the world as a whole.* It has a huge role to play in the low carbon energy mix but we require innovative approaches to reduce the high financial and environmental costs.

North Wales has over 50 years of nuclear heritage and potential new build sites in Wylfa Newydd and Trawsfynydd. West Cumbria is the world’s go-to place for nuclear decommissioning and environmental remediation expertise.

The North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) is a living lab for enactment of nuclear innovation policy on the ground. It is a place-based network stretching from Cumbria to North Wales and encompassing Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Sheffield City region. Almost half of the UK’s existing nuclear research and development activity is in the NWNA.

NWNA key partners have come together organically to create a genuine shared vision. United by sense of place and desire to effect change for the benefit of our communities, our goal is joined-up action to build a stronger innovation eco-system and support the nuclear sector in developing cheaper, faster solutions to climate change.

* The Role of Nuclear Electricity in a low carbon world, Grantham Institute, 24 March 2018

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Case studies

View or download the NWNA Presentation here:

View or download the NWNA Science and Innovation Audit 2018 here:

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Small, Advanced Nuclear Reactors case study:

Compact, Affordable, Nuclear Power case study:

Environmental Remediation at Sellafield case study:

UK National Thermal Hydraulics Facility case study:

Hartlepool Power Station case study:

Clean Energy Technology Park case study:

Medical Radioisotope
and Research Reactor – MRRR case study:

Integrated Innovation for Nuclear Decommissioning case study:

UK Nuclear Fuel: A Valuable Contribution case study:

Small, Advanced Nuclear Reactors case study:

Medical Radioisotope
and Research Reactor – MRRR case study:

Compact, Affordable, Nuclear Power case study:

Hartlepool Power Station case study:

Clean Energy Technology Park case study:

UK National Thermal Hydraulics Facility case study:

Environmental Remediation at Sellafield case study:

Integrated Innovation for Nuclear Decommissioning case study:

UK Nuclear Fuel: A Valuable Contribution case study:

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