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Nuclear Innovation Conference

Experts and executives will come together to explore the promises, risks, and common challenges of existing and future nuclear energy communities and to facilitate further cross-disciplinary collaborations and experience exchange. 

In the news items we share articles that are relevant for the three topics that are addressed during the conference: LTO, New Build and Advanced. 

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Nuclear Innovation Conference 2022: final remarks!

The Nuclear Innovation Conference 2022 has ended! We look back at two amazing days.

Vendors, utilities, regulators and other stakeholders were brought together at the NIC. Some important conclusions were shared: there is a large ambition to fill the gap between supply and the projected demand given the energy transition and the delivery from Wind, Solar and Nuclear energy. Technologies are available and new concepts are developing fast but collaboration is needed, characterized by coopertition: collaboration in a competitive environment. The goal of the conference was alignment on accelerating nuclear innovations in Long Term Operation, New Build and Advanced reactor development. 

Formulating key success criteria for acceleration:
• Speedup decision making in LTO programs;
• Think big for New Build in large numbers and series, including repurposing of coal plants;
• Develop a common framework of requirements for standardization at European and Global level;
• Develop customer oriented products; besides electricity, include heat/hydrogen demand for further decarbonization;
• Develop the collaboration environment between owner, supplier and regulator;
• Continue working on waste solutions for public acceptance.

We are looking forward to organizing the second edition in 2024! 

Would you be interested to contribute to the next NIC as speaker or exhibitor? Please send us an e-mail at NIC@nrg.eu

LTO enhancements at NPP Krsko

NEK as a Westinghouse designed plant has primarily followed the requirements and guidelines issued by the U.S. NRC. This is especially relevant to the Ageing management component of Long Term Operation. During that development of the Plant Ageing Management Program, general methodologies were prepared, using 10 CFR part 54 and the GALL Report of NUREG-1801 as the most important references. Before entering the LTO period a substantial Safety Upgrade Program has been performed, which includes Dry storage of Spent fuel, new bunkered Emergency control room, a Bunkered building with two 1500 m3 water storage tanks and a third safety train to remove decay heat through the primary or secondary side, PARs and filtered venting which can operate in design extended conditions. Additionally NEK has aligned its processes to the International practices and standards such as those of the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) and WENRA. With the preparation for LTO certain organizational changes for Ageing management, additional LTO and AM trainings and process updates have been performed, to more effectively support LTO.

Rigid and reliable design, which is better understood through the operational practice and experience of today, and stable and reliable operation that follows national and international practices – is an essential basis for continuing operation of plant beyond the initially established time frame.

LTO of NPP Oskarshamn 3

Oskarshamn unit 3 is the only NPP in Oskarshamn which remains in operation. Unit 1 and 2 is currently being decommissioned. Unit 3 was put into operation in 1985 and is intended to be in operation until 2045 with the option of running all the way to 2065. The LTO project has the mission to update the current ageing management programme to be in line with IAEA Safety Guide SSG-48.

Currently, they are in the middle of updating the scope for ageing management. Alongside the scoping group they have made the commodity group methodology (called Ageing Group Methodology in their case) and AMR methodology with support of workshops and discussions with NRG. Time Limited Ageing Analyses have been updated. Pilot ageing management review reports for systems containing both mechanical and electrical/I&C SSCs are in preparation and will be submitted for review by the IAEA Pre-SALTO mission which will start at the end of August 2022.

The full event-experience at NEMO Science Museum

We are hosting the Nuclear Innovation Conference (NIC) 2022 at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. The building is a striking, copper-green shape rising high above Amsterdam’s eastern docklands. The impressive futuristic building, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and located in the center of Amsterdam, also offers access to the highest Rooftop Square in the Netherlands.

NEMO’s mission is to bring science and technology closer to the public in an interactive and accessible way, in the museum, at schools, at nationwide events and online. At NEMO, everyone – from young to old – discovers how fascinating science and technology are. On five floors crammed full of exhibitions, experiments, demonstrations and workshops, visitors discover how special everyday things are.

We are thrilled that we host our first NIC at this location. The combination of technology, science, architecture and location is one that will enhance the event-experience.

Evolution of EDF ageing management in the frame of LTO

The EDF ageing management process has been deeply upgraded in the objective to extend the lifetime of the French nuclear fleet. The various documents that synthesize this process have been completed with the aim of integrating lessons learned from the different benchmarkings led by EDF. These benchmarks were performed with international standards and guides, and with other utilities to evaluate the completeness and the conformity of the EDF ageing management process. Particular attention has been paid to the extension of the scope of ageing management, the description of the means of mitigation of ageing mechanisms, the identification of acceptance criteria for each couple SSC/ageing mechanism and of study notes equivalent to Time Limited Ageing Analyses. The LTO program is supported by a large R&D support program based on ageing mechanism knowledge improvement such as material ageing studies in the frame of mechanical components and the expertise of a steam generator withdrawn from service.

Rescheduling of Nuclear Innovation Conference to 8-9June 2022

We are rescheduling the Nuclear Innovation Conference, that was planned for 24-25 March 2022. The main reason is that with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we cannot ensure a healthy and full experience that we intend to offer during this conference. That's why we've decided to host the NIC at 8-9 June 2022. Same location, the same program and the full experience!

If you haven't registered yet, registration for June is open right now! If you already signed up, your registration is automatically transferred to June. Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions about registration. 

Even though we are disappointed to reschedule the event, we also see opportunities to improve the program and ensure that we can provide you the ultimate nuclear networking event in 2022!

Nuclear Energy part of new Dutch Coalition Agreement

After the elections in March this year and in a record breaking period of 8 months the Dutch government negotiated about a coalition agreement. This week they reached a final agreement and nuclear energy is an important element. Life time extension of Borssele NPP beyond 60 years and the construction of 2 new NPPs will be first steps to help us in tackling the energy transition challenges. A minister of Climate and Energy will be appointed. An energy and climate fund of 35 Billion euros will be set up for the coming 10 years of which 5 Billion is earmarked to pave the way for Nuclear. This is a historical moment for the Nuclear industry in the Netherlands, which was already in revival with the planning and construction of the PALLAS-reactor for medical isotope production and Materials testing in the province of Noord-Holland. 

Long-Term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants in the US with Subsequent License Renewal

In the United States, it was recognized in the early 1980s that the topic of extending the operating licenses for nuclear power plants would need to be addressed.  This prompted activities at the NRC to consider a process for renewing licenses, research activities to demonstrate the feasibility of renewing licenses, and codes and standards activities. 

LTO of NPP Borssele

The Borssele Nuclear Power Plant is the only operating NPP in the Netherlands. It started commercial operation in 1973 and is therefore already 48 years in production. Long term operation is currently scheduled until 2034.

NRG ageing management and LTO experience and vision

NRG Nuclear Compliance & Projects cluster provides a broad range of ageing management and LTO related services and consultancy. Under the brand name TULIP LTO challenging projects are done for:

Borssele NPP (NL)
Ringhals NPP and Oskarshamn NPP (SE)
Atucha NPP (AR)
Olkiluoto NPP (FI)
HFR research reactor (NL)

Licensing Strategies and Implications for Fuel and Materials

While relatively young in the context of traditional nuclear development, Kairos Power’s iterative approach and strong emphasis on early engagement with the regulator have yielded significant experience and tangible licensing results early in the project lifecycle. Kairos Power’s near-term focus is on U.S. licensing and deployment, but the lessons learned through KP-FHR development, testing, and licensing experience are also valuable under different regulatory regimes.

Licensing at Terrestrial Energy

Terrestrial Energy has been engaged in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) Vendor Design Review (VDR) process since 2015 which is an optional service provided by the CNSC when requested by a vendor.

Challenges in the licensing process for new nuclear power plants

A key aspect in the planning of new-built of a nuclear power plant is licensing. To allow for clear investment decisions and the prevention of cost overruns, it is of paramount importance that a transparent and harmonized licensing framework is provided. It should be possible to provide all relevant requirements and insights of the risks at the beginning of the project.

Source: VTT

Energy market studies more positive towards nuclear energy

Our nuclear innovation conference to be held in March next year will focus on what innovations are needed for nuclear energy progression. The relevance of this topic is once again demonstrated by the recent publication of IPCC and by the publication of a Market Consultation report by KPMG.

Insights from LTO safety cases, interview with Mr. Reed, EDF Energy

Jim Reed is the Chief Graphite Engineer in EDF. In this role he has strategic oversight in a particular part of the nuclear power station, the graphite core. The graphite core is one of the key life-limiting issues for the nuclear reactors in the UK. The work to better understand the lifetime is a combination of science and engineering, trying to understand key behavior at the atomic level and how the graphite core as a 1000+ m3 structure behaves in a seismic event. Continue reading for his point of view when it comes to UK lifetime extension activities and energy providers’ business strategies.

Nuclear Innovation Roadmap

The experience and innovation basis of the current fleet of reactors is fundamental for Design, Construction and Operation of new reactors which can improve their performance and availability using the lessons learned from the current LTO programs.  In our innovation roadmap we share our view on the added value of the nuclear industry segments.

 

Nuclear new build project

Janne Liuko of Fennovoima explains their project management approach on the construction of a VVER-1200 plant in Pyhäjoki, Finland, to reduce and control project risks. Focusing on minimizing revisions of Finnish regulation, they developed a stage wise approach of the design. These stages comprise plant safety, operational design and design for realization.

Barakah Unit 1 commercial operation begins

On April 6th 2021, commercial operation of the Burakah Unit 1 has succesfully commenced. The production of 5.6 GWe will provide up to 25% of the electricity within the United Arab Emirates. KHNP talks about their involvement in the development of the first nuclear power project in the Arab world, the other parties involved, their cooperation and their conctractual approach.

Interview with Mark Davies, Vice President – Fuel at USNC

A special item on the first advanced reactor system that has been allocated a site in the Western part of the world. The USNC MMR is an inherently safe and modular system, designed to produce energy or heat for industrial processes or hydrogen production. Mark Davies, Vice President – Fuel at USNC, gives an interview on his experience in nuclear technology, his current work at USNC and the future including the MMR technology.