Advanced Reactors

These conference proceedings present a review of nuclear power developments in the past, present and future, including pressurized water reactors (PWR), small modular reactors (SMR), and advanced reactor designs. The authors position the evolution of nuclear technology in the context of the search for a clean energy system with resilience.
This report describes the U.S. ecosystem of clean energy innovation from the perspectives of technological potential, investment patterns, institutional roles and public policy. It identifies critical strengths and weaknesses of the ecosystem and offers recommendations for making it more effective. The authors examine the different technology readiness stages through which innovation passes and the importance of feedback among those stages. They also discuss the opportunities to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation, including the development of advanced nuclear reactors.
This report focuses on nuclear energy as one pathway to meeting the twin challenges of alleviating energy poverty and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Part 1 outlines the state of nuclear power deployment in sub-Saharan Africa. Part 2 gives an overview of what the challenges of deploying nuclear power are likely to be. And Part 3 describes advanced nuclear technology and how it could increase the likelihood of nuclear development.

The conference described in these proceedings was structured to cover all the major technical aspects of fast reactors and related fuel cycles. The objective of the conference was to provide a forum for exchanging information on fast reactor and fuel cycle technology advances, and related safety, economic and proliferation resistance issues. The conference also aimed to identify gaps and key issues that need to be addressed that relate to the industrial-scale introduction of fast reactors, including public acceptance.

This technical analysis describes the design and efficiency of a district heating system using a GTHTR300 reactor in Hokkaido, Japan. The system goal is to provide structural heating and road snow melting using the reactor's waste heat while considering safety. The authors describe the differences in efficiency between single- and double-pipe implementations, and they present the relationship between efficiency, construction cost and long-term system economy.
A new high-temperature gas-cooled reactor pebble-bed module demonstration power plant was completed in June 2015, in Shandong, China. The 210-megawatt plant represents an achievement of industrial cooperation in service to safety and economy, according to the authors. It employs three safety measures: silicon carbide fuel cladding, low power core volumetric power density and small reactor modules.