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Nuclear Power Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2013

Abstract

The world's fast reactor community met in Paris in March 2013 to explore new opportunities in the development of fast reactor and related fuel cycles. Fast reactor technology has the potential to ensure that energy resources, which would run out in a few hundred years using today's technology, will actually last several thousand years. Fast reactors also reduce the volume and toxicity of the final waste. The IAEA has been supporting fast reactors technology and providing a forum for international cooperation. The most important event dedicated to this technology is the International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles organized by the IAEA and held every four years since 2009, when Japan hosted the conference in Kyoto (FR09). Four years later, almost 700 experts from 34 countries and 3 international organizations gathered in Paris on 4-7 March 2013 for the International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR13). 'The IAEA remains the unique collaboration forum for ensuring continued progress in fast reactor technology', said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in a video opening address. 'We provide an umbrella for knowledge preservation, information exchange and collaborative R and D in which resources and  More>>
Publication Date:
May 15, 2013
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
INIS-XA-13R0352
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CAPITALIZED COST; CLADDING; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; FAST NEUTRONS; FAST REACTORS; FUEL CYCLE; IAEA; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; KNOWLEDGE PRESERVATION; MEETINGS; MITIGATION; NUCLEAR POWER; PROLIFERATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR SAFETY; RELIABILITY; SODIUM COOLED REACTORS; STEAM GENERATORS; STEELS; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
OSTI ID:
22106483
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Division of Nuclear Power, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 1816-9295; TRN: XA13R0352064305
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form. Also available on-line: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/Newsletters/NENP-10-02.pdf; Web site: http://www.iaea.org/NuclearPower/
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
20 page(s)
Announcement Date:
Jun 20, 2013

Citation Formats

None. Nuclear Power Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2013. IAEA: N. p., 2013. Web.
None. Nuclear Power Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2013. IAEA.
None. 2013. "Nuclear Power Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2013." IAEA.
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abstractNote = {The world's fast reactor community met in Paris in March 2013 to explore new opportunities in the development of fast reactor and related fuel cycles. Fast reactor technology has the potential to ensure that energy resources, which would run out in a few hundred years using today's technology, will actually last several thousand years. Fast reactors also reduce the volume and toxicity of the final waste. The IAEA has been supporting fast reactors technology and providing a forum for international cooperation. The most important event dedicated to this technology is the International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles organized by the IAEA and held every four years since 2009, when Japan hosted the conference in Kyoto (FR09). Four years later, almost 700 experts from 34 countries and 3 international organizations gathered in Paris on 4-7 March 2013 for the International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR13). 'The IAEA remains the unique collaboration forum for ensuring continued progress in fast reactor technology', said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in a video opening address. 'We provide an umbrella for knowledge preservation, information exchange and collaborative R and D in which resources and expertise are pooled', Mr Amano added. 'Promising innovation routes are now clearly identified to further enhance safety, reduce capital cost and improve efficiency, reliability and operability, making the Generation IV sodium fast reactor concept an attractive option for electricity production', said Laurent Michel, Director General, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, in his opening remarks. Main advances in the key areas of technological development were presented during the 41 technical sessions of the conference, including advances in fast reactors and fuel cycles technology, safety, and economic and proliferation resistance related issues. The conference also identified gaps and key issues that need to be addressed in the industrial-scale introduction of fast reactors, including public acceptance. Several existing fast reactors, current construction projects, and innovative fast reactors concepts under development at the national level and by international initiatives were reviewed and discussed. ''Since the 2009 conference, the fast reactor community has achieved very promising results in the field of Generation IV safety design criteria, prevention and mitigation of severe accidents, advanced steam generators and power conversion systems, low swelling steels for fuel cladding, multi-physics coupling and high performance computing'', summarized Christophe Behar, Director of Nuclear Energy at CEA and Chairperson of the Conference. Safety and Sustainability In line with this year's focus on safety and sustainability, two panels were devoted to the safety of innovative fast neutron systems and to the sustainability of the related fuel cycles.}
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