The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) is a co-operative international endeavour which was set up to carry out the research and development needed to establish the feasibility and performance capabilities of the next generation nuclear energy systems.
The goals adopted by GIF provided the basis for identifying and selecting six nuclear energy systems for further development. The selected systems are based on a variety of reactor, energy conversion and fuel cycle technologies. Their designs include thermal and fast neutron spectra cores, closed and open fuel cycles. The reactors range in size from very small to very large.Depending on their respective degree of technical maturity, the first Generation IV systems are expected to be deployed commercially around 2030-2040.
Australia joins the Generation IV International Forum
Following unanimous approval by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) members, Australia became the 14th member of the Forum on 22 June 2016. The GIF Charter was signed by CEO Dr Adrian (Adi) Paterson of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). With a staff of about 1 200 people, 250 of whom have doctorate degrees, ANSTO has a balanced mix of fundamental and applied research capabilities, with research facilities in the field of material science centred around the Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor, a multi purpose research reactor that also produces medical radioisotopes. Neutron beam instruments which use OPAL's neutrons are used for characterising materials. In addition, ANSTO has several accelerators for ion beam analyses. In order to become fully engaged in the GIF's research activities, particularly in the area of materials for very high temperature and molten salt reactors for which ANSTO has expressed interest, Australia will need to sign the GIF Framework Agreement and its Extension.
Canada and Euratom sign the GIF Framework Agreement Extension
On 21 October 2016, Canada signed and deposited its instrument of acceptance for the ten-year extension of the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems. A ceremony was held at the OECD Château which included the Honourable Michelle d'Auray, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the OECD, and Mr William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director General. On 10 November 2016 in a ceremony organised at the European Commission in Brussels, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics signed the Framework Agreement Extension on behalf of Euratom, in the presence of Mr Vladimir Sucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and Policy Group member, as well as representatives from the NEA Office of Legal Counsel and the GIF Technical Secretariat. The ten Signatories of the Framework Agreement, which expired in February 2015, have now all signed the ten-year Extension.
42nd Policy Group Meeting
The 42nd Generation IV International Forum Policy Group (PG) meeting was held in Seoul, Korea on 20-21 October 2016 and was hosted by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Korea Nuclear International Cooperation Foundation (KONICOF). The PG approved the nominations of new members of the Senior Industrial Advisory Panel, which also presented its three year plan that includes support to the work that GIF intends to carry out on market issues and challenges for Generation IV systems. There was an extensive discussion on the work carried out in the area of safety design criteria and guidelines, for the Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor, as well as on other systems, and the collaboration with the NEA ad hoc Group on the Safety of Advanced Reactors (GSAR). This was the first meeting attended by Australia’s newly nominated Policy Group members since Australia became a member in June 2016 by signing the GIF Charter.
Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) Workshop
24 January 2017 (afternoon), PSI, Switzerland
This MSR workshop will take place on 24 January 2017 and be hosted by the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). The focus will be on national projects from GIF MSR partners. Presentations will be made on the projects in China, EU, France, Russian Federation, USA; and activities in Australia and Switzerland. The workshop is open to professionals, researchers and students. Register now for the workshop.
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