Ensuring a Key Role for Nuclear
Global warming and air pollution issues are receiving increasing public attention and recognition. As being quasi-entirely carbon free, nuclear power is appealed to play an important role in a carbon-constrained world, and this has definitely made headway in leaders and decision makers’ opinion.
This is reflected by lifetime extensions of operating nuclear plants, by Japan’s considerable efforts for restoring some of its nuclear fleet, and by the rate of installed new nuclear capacity in the world: over 25 GWe added globally since 2015 with a further 33 GWe to come by 2020. That translates into about 30 additional reactors in 10 countries and represents a 15% increase in nuclear capacity from the current level. Asia, led by China, leads the way, followed by Eastern Europe and Russia. In this context the construction and the operation of first generation-III reactors such as VVER-1200, AP-1000, EPR and others should be noted, thus demonstrating that this new generation of LWR is becoming an industrial reality after overcoming difficulties inherent in their first-of-the-kind nature.
Innovation is a major element in new designs, and digital technologies as well as novel civil engineering techniques are at the heart of current and planned LWR new builds. In addition, SMR projects create new opportunities for nuclear to even better advance the future low carbon economy as they realize the potential for facilitated deployment, enhanced load following capability and cogeneration of non-electricity energy products that currently rely heavily on fossil fuels today: heat, steam, hydrogen…
Signs of long-term commitment to nuclear energy are given by the advent of commercial-sized fast neutron reactors, BN-800 in Russia, PFBR soon in India and by the aggressive plans of other countries along the same path towards sustainable nuclear power. Similar trends are evidenced by projects of high temperature reactors such as HTR-PM in China and molten salt reactor projects supported by start-ups flourishing across the world.
In addition, active research in national and international frameworks, as well as initiatives of Nuclear Agencies that support innovation, ensure the nuclear industry continues to thrive.
ICAPP’2019 will be the place to get a comprehensive overview of nuclear energy’s rebound and to understand the many ways it will fully contribute to decarbonizing the world.
Technical Program Chair
• Frank Carré • CEA
• Noël Camarcat • EDF
• Mitsuru Uesaka • University of Tokyo
• Jean-Pol Serpentié • Framatome
The French Nuclear Energy Society, SFEN, (Société Française d’Energie Nucléaire) is the French knowledge hub for nuclear energy. Created in 1973, the SFEN provides a space where all those who are interested in nuclear energy and its applications can obtain and exchange information.
The SFEN brings together 3 600 professionals, engineers, technicians, chemists, doctors, professors and students from industrial sites and from the French nuclear research organisations.
The SFEN’s four missions are:
• To communicate, share and publish information
• To highlight the nuclear sector’s scientific excellence & technical rigour
• To play an active role in discussions
• To federate the women and men who work in the nuclear sector