Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are expected to be a viable Nuclear solution to meet energy supply security, both in newcomer and expanding countries. Currently, there are more than 70 global SMR designs under development.
Amidst the development, Nuclear Business Platform (NBP) has observed there is an abundance of insights from SMR Developers but there is an absence of insights and perspectives from the end users and prospective buyers – the government officials and key nuclear stakeholders in their respective countries.
With this gap identified, we conducted a comprehensive survey for the African continent which comprised of both newcomer and expanding countries. The key objectives of the survey were to understand the concerns, vision and level of understanding which the African countries wanted from SMR technology.
Results from this survey will play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between SMR Developers and end users with the goal of accelerating the deployment of SMR technology on the rising African continent.
Furthermore, the survey insights will allow potential adopters of SMR technology to learn about the criteria other countries are prioritizing as well as provide valuable feedback to SMR Developers to refine and streamline their technology to cater to African markets accordingly.
The Africa SMR Report 2021 has been officially launched during the recent Africa NBP Lite 2021. This industry meeting brought together all the key nuclear stakeholders across the African continent to discuss issues pertaining to SMR, Regulation and Human Capacity Building.