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.
GIF Framework Agreement extended for ten years
On 26 February 2015, the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems was extended for another ten years, thereby paving the way for continued collaboration among participating countries. A signing ceremony was held at the OECD in Paris in the presence of Mr Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Depositary of the Framework Agreement, and Mr William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General. The ceremony also featured introductory remarks by Christophe Béhar, CEA Director of the Nuclear Energy Division and Vice-Chair of the GIF Policy Group. For more information, see Framework Agreement.
SCWR Information Exchange Meeting
The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Supercritical-water-cooled reactor system (SCWR) System Steering Committee (SSC) and Nuclear Power Institute of China are pleased to announce that the 11th SCWR Information Exchange Meeting (IEM) will be held in Chengdu, China on 14-16 March 2016, prior to the GIF SCWR SSC and Project Management Board (PMB) meetings. The IEM is organised in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as research and academic organisations from GIF SCWR countries (Canada, China, Japan, the Russian Federation and Euratom). IAEA member states are welcome to participate and present their work in the area of SCWR thermal-hydraulics, materials and chemistry, fuel and other applications. For more information on this event, please visit the IEM11 website and click here for the online registration form. Note: Applications will be reviewed by the IEM11 organisation committee.
Policy Group Meeting
The 40th meeting of the GIF Policy Group took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 29-30 October 2015 and was hosted by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”. The Policy Group members reviewed progress made in recent months in the development of the six Generation IV systems, and in the development of safety design criteria and guidelines. The Policy Group had a fruitful interaction with the GIF’s Senior Industry Advisory Panel, hearing their views on codes and standards harmonisation, on the features of Generation IV systems that can make them attractive to utilities and on the prospects for commercialisation. Mr Christophe Behar of CEA, France, was elected as the next Chair of the GIF, taking over from the current Chair Mr John Kelly on 1 January 2016. Finally, the Policy Group issued a statement for the COP 21 conference, emphasizing the contribution that nuclear energy, and in particular Generation IV systems, can make to the decarbonisation of the world’s energy mix in the decades to come.
Proliferation Resistance & Physical Protection (PRPP) and Risk & Safety (RS) Working Group Meeting
The Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection (PRPP) and Risk and Safety (RS) Working Groups (WGs) held a joint session on 6 November 2015, on the campus of the University of California Berkeley, United States, in connection with their respective group meetings and with the PR&PP Workshop. The objectives of the joint session were to exchange information and strengthen the collaboration between the two groups, which have issued a joint white paper and published several scientific journal articles on commonalities and synergies between their respective approaches to innovative nuclear system assessment. The discussion on future cooperation between the two groups focused on interface between safety, security and safeguards.
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