The university will offer its technical knowledge and input for the deployment of the reactor which is designed to disposition the UK’s growing plutonium stockpile and to produce 600MW of clean energy.

GEH new plant projects senior vice president Danny Roderick said, "Manchester is a growing center of expertise for the civil nuclear energy sector, so we’re delighted to work with them on PRISM, which we believe is the best way to manage the U.K.’s plutonium stockpile efficiently, securely and safely while generating low-carbon electricity at the same time."

The University of Manchester nuclear fuel technology professor Tim Abram said, "PRISM has the potential to offer an attractive solution to the disposition of civil plutonium and we look forward to working with GEH as they progress with their proposals to deploy PRISM in the U.K."

GEH carries out feasibility work in a number of key areas including the proposed commercial structure, disposability of the fuel, risk transfer model, costs and licensability of GEH’s PRISM offering under the contract with The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.