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[en] INPRO PR Assessment Methodology is focused on the possible contribution of an INS to a weapons programme in a given State. • INPRO assesses the whole INS in a specific State or region throughout the full life cycle, not only separate elements of innovative nuclear systems.
[en] Summary: • Modelling and Simulation of nuclear reactors (advanced or otherwise) is a broad area. • Scope needs to be carefully selected: - A collaborative project has a typical duration of 2-3 years; - Define a scope that complements and is coordinated with ongoing activities (i.e., GIF). • Input from this meeting will be considered in determining final scope. • Identify key points of contact with parallel GIF activities in modelling and simulation.
[en] Strategic Goals of Technology Development Section: 1. Continuously monitor worldwide activities on technology development. 2. Facilitate exchange of information among IAEA Member States on technology development. 3. Foster international collaboration on technology development. 4. Support near term deployment of nuclear programs for both emerging and existing countries in technology development. 5. Provide technology training.
[en] INPRO Objectives: • To help to ensure that nuclear energy is available to contribute, in a sustainable manner, to meeting the energy needs of the 21st century; • To bring together technology holders and users so that they can consider jointly the international and national actions required for achieving desired innovations in nuclear reactors and fuel cycles
[en] Conclusion: • GIF Cost Estimating Methodology is available for use by all GIF projects; • Training for users is available at varying levels of detail; • The EMWG continues to monitor Methodology applications.
[en] Qualitative Safety Features Review (QSR): • The Qualitative Safety Features Review is a new tool that provides a systematic means of ensuring and documenting that the evolving Generation IV system’s design incorporates the desirable safety-related attributes and characteristics that are identified and discussed in the RSWG’s report. • Using a structured template, the QSR provides a useful preparatory step to shape designers’ approaches to their work to help ensure that safety truly is “built-in, not added-onto” since the early phases of the design of Generation IV systems.
[en] Motivations for the SFR: • High potential to operate with a high conversion fast spectrum core for increasing resource utilization; • Capability of efficient and nearly complete consumption of transuranics; • High level of safety obtained by the use of innovative and reliable solutions, and, as needed or possible, inherent and passive measures; • Enhanced economics achieved with the use of high burn-up fuels, fuel cycle (e.g. disposal) benefits, reduction in power plant capital costs and lower operation costs.
[en] Main output of a NESA: • Identification of gaps ('Gap' = INPRO methodology criterion not met) in existing or planned or planned nuclear energy systems (NES). • Definition of follow up actions to close these gaps. • Note: Even if in assessed NES gaps are found, it may be a good interim NES, if path sustainable system has been defined.
[en] Current RSWG Activities: • Work during the past year has turned to focus primarily on development of an integrated framework for assessing risk and safety issues in Generation IV systems; • Methodology is called the Generation IV Integrated Safety Assessment Method (ISAM).