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.
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.
The 22nd session of the Frédéric Joliot/Otto Hahn (FJOH) Summer School on "Nuclear Reactors Physics, Fuels, and Systems" will take place in Aix-en-Provence, France, from 24 August to 2 September 2016. Visit the FJOH Summer School website for more information or to enroll.
Application deadline: 13 May 2016
SCWR Information Exchange Meeting
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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