GIF R&D Outlook for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems: 2018 Update
This 2018 update to Generation IV International Forum (GIF) R&D Outlook for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems provides an overview of recent achievements in relation to multilateral research efforts on the six Gen IV systems reviewed in the 2009 report. More importantly, it addresses the remaining challenges and the R&D needed to overcome these challenges on the path to viability, performance demonstration, or in some cases, to the demonstration and deployment of innovative concepts. The Gen IV goals of improved sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection are reviewed in the context of today’s transition towards low-carbon energy systems. Initiatives taken by GIF in the area of education and training, research infrastructures, development of safety approaches and criteria, economic modelling and analyses of future energy markets, as well as advanced manufacturing, all of which are designed to help support the deployment of the first Gen IV reactor prototypes, are also outlined in this report. In the context of rapidly evolving energy landscapes, the Generation IV International Forum is calling upon policy makers to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of innovative nuclear technologies so that nuclear energy can effectively contribute to a successful transition.
Preparing the Future through Innovative Nuclear Technology: Outlook for Generation IV Technologies
Published on the occasion of the 4th GIF Symposium, “Preparing the Future through Innovative Nuclear Technology: Outlook for Generation IV Technologies” provides a high-level summary of a more substantial report currently in preparation, the 2018 R&D Outlook. The full report highlights how innovative nuclear technologies, such as Generation IV systems, can provide the necessary dispatchable energy that is needed to ensure successful transitions to low-carbon systems in combination with variable renewable sources. The Generation IV goals of improved sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection are necessary attributes of such nuclear systems so as to satisfy the requirements of security of supply, affordability and protection of the environment.
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Technology Roadmap Update for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems
This Technology Roadmap Update provides an assessment of progress made by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) in the development of the six systems selected when the original Technology Roadmap was published in 2002. More importantly, it provides an overview of the major R&D objectives and milestones for the coming decade, aiming to achieve the Generation IV goals of sustainability, safety and reliability, economic competitiveness, proliferation resistance and physical protection.
Lessons learnt from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident are taken into account to ensure that Generation IV systems attain the highest levels of safety, with the development of specific safety design criteria that are applicable across the six systems. Accomplishing the ten-year R&D objectives set out in this new roadmap should allow the more advanced Generation IV systems to move towards the demonstration phase.
2009 R&D Outlook
A Technology Roadmap for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems (2002)
The Generation IV International Forum