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.
GIF launches webinar series
The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) is hosting a series of monthly webinars from September 2016 to September 2017 on the development of Generation IV nuclear energy systems, addressing the fuel cycle and other cross-cutting topics. The webinar series will be launched on 29 September 2016 with a presentation by former GIF Chair Dr John E. Kelly on "Atoms for Peace – the Next Generation". The presentation will provide a historical perspective on the Atoms for Peace programme, which launched the development of nuclear power around the globe, and describe the current outlook for the development and deployment of the next generation of nuclear power. Consult GIF Webinars for more information and to register for Series #1.
Policy Group Meeting
The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Policy Group held its forty-first meeting in Paris, France at the OECD Conference Centre on 27-28 April 2016. This meeting was hosted by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Mr. François Gauché, Director of the Nuclear Energy Division of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) France, was elected Chair of the Policy Group for the 2016-2018 period. Mr. Gauché will be supported by three Vice-Chairs; Mr. John Kelly (United States) has been tasked with the mission of further engaging with regulators and technical support organisations on licensing and safety research needs for Generation IV energy systems, Mr. Hideki Kamide (Japan) with investigating market issues in collaboration with the GIF’s Senior Industrial Advisory Panel, and Mr. Hark Rho Kim (Korea) with the mission of co-ordinating GIF’s interactions with other international organisations and initiatives. Finally, the GIF Policy Group members unanimously voted to accept Australia’s bid to join the GIF and thus become the 14th member of the forum, alongside Argentina, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Euratom, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the Republic of South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. >
SCWR 11th IEM
14-16 March 2016, Chengdu, China
The 11th Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Supercritical-water-cooled reactor system (SCWR) Information Exchange Meeting (IEM) took place in Chengdu, China, on 14-16 March 2016. It was organised by the GIF SCWR System Steering Committee (SSC) in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and was hosted by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC). Over 75 participants attended this IEM and presentations were delivered by GIF member countries, the IAEA and Chinese research institutes involved in SCWR research, such as the leading institute NPIC, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Science & Technology Beijing and the China Institute of Atomic Energy. The meeting covered SCWR designs and technologies, materials and chemistry, thermal-hydraulics, fuel and safety and control systems. The IEM preceded the GIF SCWR Project Management Board (PMB) and SSC meetings. Representatives from Canada, China, Euratom, and the Russian Federation discussed on-going R&D activities and updated the Materials & Chemistry and the Thermal-Hydraulics & Safety Project Plans at these meetings.
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