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.
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.
Annual Report 2014
Learn more about the eighth edition of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Annual Report.
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.
Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Symposium
The third GIF Symposium took place on 19‑20 May 2015 in Makuhari Messe, Japan, jointly held within the 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE23), and was followed by the 39th GIF Policy Group meeting on 21‑22 May 2015. GIF symposia are organised triennially, with the first symposium held in France in 2009 and the second held in the United States in 2012. The 2015 symposium, which took place just over a year after the publication of the updated GIF Technology Roadmap, attracted about 100 participants. After an introduction by the GIF Chair Dr John Kelly, participants discussed progress made in the development of the six GIF systems, as well as in the three methodology working groups. The symposium ended with a lively question and answer session. View presentations
Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) System Steering Committee (SSC) Meeting
The 18th Generation IV International Forum (GIF) SFR SSC meeting took place in Ispra, Italy on 10 April 2015 and was hosted by the Joint Research Centre (Euratom). Project Management Board (PMB) representatives from the host organization, SSC delegates and observers from member countries (China, France, EU, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States) participated in this meeting. The discussions were focussed on SFR development and activities in the five PMBs (System Integration and Assessment, Safety and Operation, Advanced Fuel, Component Design and Balance-of-plant, and Global Actinide Cycle International Demonstration), R&D progress, Annual Work Plan 2015, the status of the project arrangement amendments for membership extension and interaction with other GIF bodies (Policy Group, Expert Group, Methodology Working Groups and the Task Force). The SFR SSC members also considered the extension of the SFR System Arrangement, which will expire in February 2016.
ISSCWR-7 in Finland: A great success!
The 7th International Symposium on Super-Critical Water-cooled Reactors (ISSCWR-7) was held in Helsinki, Finland on 15-18 March 2015. This biannual Symposium was hosted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in co-operation with the Finnish Network for Generation Four Nuclear Energy Systems (GEN4FIN), the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) , the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS). It provided a forum for discussion on advancements and issues, to share information on technical achievements and establish future collaboration on Research and Development for supercritical water-cooled reactors (SCWR). More than 90 participants from 14 different countries representing research organisations, universities and industry were present at this event and 92 presentations were given. All papers were published in a symposium proceeding. A technical visit of the Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) Olkiluoto site was organised on 19 March 2015. The GIF SCWR Project Management Board and System Steering Committee meetings were held back-to-back with the ISSCWR-7 on 18 and 20 March 2015
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