Rolls-Royce SMR said Poland’s Industria had selected the company as its choice to collaborate on the deployment of small modular reactors in the country.
Rolls-Royce SMR said it had signed a memorandum with Industria to that effect. The aim is to support the zero-emissions energy goals of the Central Hydrogen Cluster in Poland, and as part of their plans to produce 50,000 metric tons of low-carbon hydrogen every year. Industria is part of the Group of Industrial Development Agency JSC.
“This is an important step in our relationship with Industria - setting out the basis on which we’ll work together to develop joint plans for using our SMR technology in Poland to decarbonise energy intensive industry and produce clean power for generations to come,” said Rolls-Royce SMR CEO Tom Samson.
“Poland is one of the key international markets for our factory-built nuclear power plant which provides 470MW of clean, affordable electricity from a sustainable source. This partnership has enormous potential and could support thousands of high-skilled, long-term jobs in Poland and the UK - both directly and in the supply chain,” he said.
Poland and the wider region are seeking to decarbonise, while bolstering their energy security. Rolls-Royce SMR offers a factory built power solution that is suitably sized to connect to the electricity grid or supply energy for off-grid industrial uses such as hydrogen production.
Industria, which is wholly owned by the Polish Government as part of IDA Group, is leading an effort to develop a supply chain of parts and modules for SMR production. As a leader of Central Hydrogen Cluster, Industria is looking to deploy up to three SMRs to produce hydrogen and decarbonise regional energy infrastructure.
There are additional future opportunities to replace more than 8GW of coal-fired power plants in southern Poland with SMRs throughout the 2030s, Rolls-Royce SMR noted.
“Rolls-Royce SMR is unmatched in terms of manufacturing concept and processes. Participation in a supply chain of parts and modules for Rolls-Royce SMR is a great opportunity for our region and for entire industry in southern Poland - which has built all the existing Polish power plants,” said Industria CEO Szczepan Ruman.
“We have a platform of cooperation for the industrial companies across southern Poland, which is our Central Hydrogen Cluster in which we cooperate with companies from our region as well as from three hydrogen valleys: Lower Silesia, Silesia-Lesser Poland and Subcarpathian. With the support of IDA Group, we aim to create jobs and secure Polish industry’s strong participation in the SMR industry of the future,” he said.
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