With ∼60 new reactors under construction worldwide, the nuclear industry is currently experiencing moderate growth, mostly concentrated in Asia. However, a much greater expansion is needed if nuclear is to play a significant role in combating climate change. The challenges hindering further growth of nuclear energy utilization include: (i) the high capital cost (3-5 billion dollars per 1000 MWe of installed capacity) and long lead time (5-7 years) required to build new plants; (ii) the negative perception about safety of nuclear plants in the public and governments of some countries; (iii) the economic and regulatory challenges of developing advanced nuclear technologies; (iv) a scarcity of sites suitable for new nuclear plants (NIMBY syndrome); (v) an inherent inability of nuclear plants to adapt to changes in market conditions (merchant vs. regulated) and/or mode of operation (load follow vs. baseload); and (vi) the concerns about disposal of nuclear spent fuel.
If these challenges are properly addressed, there are major opportunities for nuclear to reduce carbon emissions worldwide and conquer new markets. For example, replacement of all coal-fired power plants in the U.S. would require about 200 GWe of baseload nuclear electricity. Moreover, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has estimated that 150-200 GWe would be needed to generate enough electricity to enable conversion of the whole fleet of passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. to plug-in hybrids, thus effectively ridding the U.S. of its dependence on oil, and drastically reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Similar figures (properly scaled) apply to most other major industrial and developing countries worldwide.
MIT has recently completed a multi-disciplinary study, to assess the prospects for new nuclear technologies, policies, business models, and regulatory governance to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the U.S. and around the world. Here we present a set of findings from the MIT study that are focused on (a) cost competitiveness of nuclear in various markets with and without carbon constraints, (b) technology innovations that could substantially reduce the capital cost of new nuclear plants, and (c) regulatory pathways to accelerate the deployment of advanced reactors.
|Invited Distinguished Speakers||Presentation Topic/Content (Subject to Change)||Technical Program Track|
Dr. Igor Pioro
PhD, Doctor of Technical Sciences, P.Eng., Fellow of ASME, CSME & EIC Professor [Bio] [Abstract]
Founding Editor of the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT
|Current Status of Nuclear Power Industry in the World and Future Development||International Development of SMR|
David Newland, Director General
Directorate of Assessment and Analysis
Technical Support Branch
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission ( CNSC)
|The Changing Landscape of Research – A Regulatory Perspective||R & D Support for Advanced Reactors|
|To be determined||Invited Speaker||Accident Tolerant Fuel|
Chief Engineer & Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
|Requirement issues, and approaches to include future waste streams from new technologies such as SMR deployment under the current long term nuclear waste management policy||Waste Management for SMR|
President, UNENE [Bio]
|Development of High Quality Skills For SMR Deployment in Canada||Skill Management Strategy|
Frank Saunders, VP
Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Oversight
Bruce Power [Bio]
|Applying Bruce Power’s Experience in Public-Private Partnership for SMR Deployment||Public-Private Partnership|
(Pending Confirmation) Victor Pakalnis, President,
Mirarco Mining Innovations
|SMR Deployment for Mining Sector||Off- Grid SMR Considerations|
Dr. Michaela Ovanes
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
|Nuclear Knowledge Management for SMR||Skill Management Strategy|
Dr. Bronwyn Hyland, Physicist &
SMR Program Manager
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Senior Strategic Advisor
Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer
New Brunswick Power
|Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Technology Working Group Report||R & D Support for Advanced Reactors and SMRs|
Nicolle Butcher, Vice President
Strategy & Acquisitions
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
|Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Economic and Finance Working Group Report||SMR Economics|
Director, Federal Affairs
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
|Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Indigenous & Public Engagement Working Group Report||Social License & Societal Impact|
Paul McClelland, Director
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
Lise Morton, Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Division
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
|Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Waste Working Group Report||Waste Management for SMR|
Robin Manley, VP, Regulatory Affairs, OPG [Bio]
Manager, Bruce Power
|Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Regulatory Readiness Working Group Report||Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing|
Rachna Clavero, Director
CANDU Owners Group [Bio] [Abstract]
|COG’s SMR Technology Forum (SMRTF) Activities||Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing|
Dr. Spencer Pitcher, Division Head
Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials
International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor (ITER)
|Status of ITER Fusion Project in France, and Opportunities for Canadian companies||Gen IV and SMR First-of-a kind Prototype Testing|
Jeff Lehman, Vice President Nuclear New Build
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) [Bio]
|Fleet Operator’s Perspectives on SMR Operational Requirements||Operation of FOAK SMR|
Approximately 80 Technical Presentations distributed over 15 Technical Program Sessions, to be held in four parallel break-out rooms, in the afternoon of Nov. 7 & 8.
|15 Technical Program Sessions||Number of Presentations & Papers|
|INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SMR||5|
|SAFETY & RISK ASSESSMENT & LICENSING (1)||5|
|SAFETY & RISK ASSESSMENT & LICENSING (2)||5|
|WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR SMR & CODES & STANDARDS||5|
|RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR ADVANCED REACTORS||5|
|ACCIDENT TOLERANT FUEL (ATF), ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & ISOTOPES||5|
|GEN IV & SMR FIRST-OF-A-KIND (FOAK) PROTOTYPE TESTING||4|
|OPERATION OF FIRST-OF-A-KIND SMR||5|
|SOCIAL LICENCE AND SOCIAL IMPACT||5|
|PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MODEL||4|
|SKILLS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY||4|
|ADVANCED REACTORS: MOLTEN SALT REACTORS||5|
|OFF-GRID SMR CONSIDERATIONS||5|
|SIMULATION, ANALYSIS & CONTROLS||5|
NOV. 6 - 8, 2018 OTTAWA MARRIOTT HOTEL, ONTARIO, CANADA
Conference Registration Fees include:
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|Early Bird||Regular (after Sept. 3, 2018)|
|Non CNS Member||$885||$985|
|CNS Retiree Member||$330||$380|
|Full-Time Student (CNS Member)||$340||$390|
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Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018, due to some abstract submissions requiring longer lead time for approval. The Revised key dates are :
Abstract Submission extended March 23, 2018
Acceptance of Abstractsextended April 6, 2018
Draft Paper Submission May 18, 2018
Final Paper Submission July 20, 2018
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It is my great pleasure to inform you that The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 6-8, 2018 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel.
I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting conference, whose theme is "Meeting the Challenges to Deploy next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs".
Generation IV and SMRs can play an important role in addressing the energy, health, safety, security and climate-change goals of the world. Generation IV small reactors have advanced passive safety features, are resistant to nuclear proliferation, have no greenhouse gas emissions, and are promoted as being economically competitive by lowering cost from mass production. They are suitable for niche and off-grid applications, as well as a connection to the electric grid as a supply option to provide incremental capacity as needed to match incremental energy demand. The Conference will have distinguished speakers. In addition, there will be exhibits and booths to showcase your reactor design, products or services.
Since George C. Laurence designed one of the world’s first nuclear reactors at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa in 1941, Canada has built a comprehensive, mature, world-renowned nuclear science & technology (S & T) ecosystem in mosaic capabilities serving broad research needs, within both academia and industry, and that span across the country and across Canada’s industrial sectors.
Please join us in this exciting conference to explore Canadian nuclear S & T capabilities and to participate in discussions on international collaborations, and to keep up-to-date with the latest research in tackling the challenges to deploy next generation advanced reactors and SMRs.
President, Canadian Nuclear Society.
CNL is excited to co-host this, the first, Generation-IV and Small Reactor (G4SR) Conference. We would like to extend an invitation to colleagues, partners, developers and all others interested in the next generation of nuclear technology to join us in Ottawa for the 2018 event. Though it is the first G4SR, it builds off the strength of technical meetings we have supported for the past several years. Like Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, this event is transforming and revisiting the interests and needs of its core customers, and the programming is evolving to address these shifts.
Earlier this year, we declared small modular reactors, commonly referred to as SMRs, as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the specific goal of siting an SMR on one of our sites by 2026. We believe in the commercial viability of SMRs, and it is our vision to serve as a global leader in SMR demonstration, testing and technology development support. Success in achieving this goal requires the critical connections that will be formed through the dialogue at events such as G4SR.
The conference promises an engaging, and productive two-full days exploring topics critical to the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors. It brings together world leaders in technical and non-technical aspects of deployment for discussions relevant not just to Canada but globally. I invite you to join in the conversation.
Dr. Kathy McCarthy
Vice-President, Research & Development, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
|Opening Evening Reception||$3,000|
|Breakfast Sponsor (2 available)||$2,000|
|Luncheon Sponsor (2 available)||$4,000|
|Refreshment Breaks (4 available)||$1,000|
|Exhibits – Table top||$2,000|
|Booth / Display Space||Please enquire|
Date: Nov 9 (Friday), 2018 Fees: A fee of $30 will be charged to cover transportation costs for the tour, you can select the CRL tour option here in the online registration form.
Dr. Nithy Thambiayah, Manager, Nuclear Safety Experiments Branch, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories [bio]
Nithy provides scientific and technical leadership to scientists, engineers, and technologist on nuclear-power-reactor severe accidents, fuel-channel heat transfer, fuel behaviour under accident conditions, fission-product release, containment behaviour, and finite-element analysis of structural thermo-mechanical behaviour.
Internationally cited ASME Journal Paper includes:
Benchmarking Severe Accident Computer Codes for Heavy Water Reactor Applications
ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci 3(2), 020903 (Mar 01, 2017) (11 pages)
IAEA Presentation: Introduction of GIF ISAM for Gen IV Reactor Systems
The Generation IV Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG) developed an Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM)  to support the concept that safety is “built in” the Gen IV reactor design processes rather than “added on”. ISAM accomplishes this by assimilating safety requirements as reactor systems are conceptualised and designed. The methodology is useful not only for the Gen IV technology development cycle but also for the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) concept and design development.
There are five main tools in ISAM, namely, (1) Qualitative Safety Features Review (QSR), (2) Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT), (3) Objective Provision Tree (OPT), (4) Deterministic and Phenomenological Analyses (DPA), and (5) Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Each tool is intended to be used in answering specific safety-related questions in diverse degrees of detail and during different stages of design maturity. The ISAM tools is expected to be used throughout the concept development and design phases to derive insights to influence the course of the design evolution. The application of these tools would yield an objective understanding of risk contributors, effectiveness of safety-related design provisions, sources and impacts of uncertainties, and other safety-related issues that are important for a successful design. The tools also present a measure of design maturity, in terms of the level of safety and risk associated with the conceptual design relative to safety objectives.
The workshop on Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology will introduce ISAM concept, provide examples of Gen IV advanced reactors applications, and list some relevant literature for further reading.
Reference: 1. An Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) for Generation IV Nuclear Systems, Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG), GIF/RSGW/ISAM Report Version 1, 18 June 2010.
Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Professor, CSIP Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
Margot is the Lead, Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Regina, Saskatchewan, Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 7, “Risk Management and Decision Making in Relation to Sustainable Development” of the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate. After practising law for 18 years (the final years in the capacity of Assistant General Counsel at SaskPower) she has many publications and research projects relating to public acceptance, public engagement and nuclear energy.
Key nuclear projects include:
She is a member of Canadian Nuclear Society’s Generation IV and Small Reactor Division - Regulatory frameworks, ownership models and business cases for SMRs working on “Accelerating Licensing of Advanced Nuclear through International Coordination – Exploring Potential Pathways” project.
Discussions are well underway surrounding the appropriateness of Canada’s current regulatory framework and regulatory program and changes that might be required due to differences relating to Generation IV and SMR technology.
Licensing uncertainties exist including: whether a gap analysis must be performed for foreign codes/standards and Canadian, if special licensing will be needed for a demonstration reactor, and what a ‘phased in’ or step wise approach might look like in relation to licensing approvals. Outstanding legal issues include:
Perhaps one of the biggest looming regulatory challenges is the degree of stakeholder support from nearby communities, aboriginal groups and other stakeholders. Consultations will be required and there is uncertainty how this will coincide with regulatory approval.
This workshop will focus on adequately identifying uncertainties, building strategies and opportunities to reduce uncertainty, how uncertainty interfaces with public acceptance and approval and how this can all occur while protecting the environment, maintaining safety, and building on public engagement.
This workshop will engage participants in break-out discussion groups with understanding the regulatory approval issues, the identification of uncertainties, and the public engagement process providing examples of novel communications, engagement mechanisms, and public interface models.
References: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – DIS-16-04 Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - What we Heard Report – DIS-16-04 Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Perspectives on Canada’s SMR Opportunity, Summary Report