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[en] The CANDU Owners Group established the SMR Technology Forum (SMRTF) in 2017 with the mandate to identify key issues and to promote harmonized policies. This includes developing technical positions on the regulatory framework, fuel cycle, siting and supply chain for deployment of SMRs for both on and off-grid applications. This presentation will provide an overview of the CANDU Owners Group as well as discuss the value of SMRs to Canada and the benefits of taking a harmonized approach, both domestically and internationally, to SMR deployment. It will cover the current SMRTF activities and list some of the feedback received from the vendor community on potential regulatory issues. The path forward and collaboration with the SMR Roadmap will be discussed. (author)
[en] SMRs can provide significant economic benefits across Canada and can be a clean energy source for heavy industry, mining and remote off grid applications. How much does an SMR cost, are they competitive and what will it take for SMRs to be successfully deployed and financed in Canada? The Economics and Finance Working Group (EWFG) will present their research and analysis, taken over the last 10 months, that supports the conclusions and recommendations drawn from the SMR roadmap.
[en] Canada is one of the world's most favourable markets to develop and deploy advanced reactor technology. Canada's unique position is based on existing expertise, strong supply chain, extensive innovation background with broad applications in energy and beyond, a renewed laboratories capabilities and a strong regulatory regime. Furthermore, it has a market potential with remote resource extraction industries and remote communications.
[en] University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) was formed in 2002 to address potential industry gaps in staff development, R&D coordination, and knowledge management. UNENE is a partnership of 8 industry organizations and 13 universities, with representation from government. It's founding objectives are a supply of highly qualified personnel, support, fund and coordinate nuclear research in universities to address industry needs and create a respected pool of university-based expertise for independent industry and stakeholder consultation.
[en] SMR Technology Forum has identified a number of issues relevant to the development of a small modular reactor. Some of these are as follows. Principles to guide development of an alternative approach (as per REGDOC 2.5.2). Examples of graded approach application for SMRs is needed. Past experience with licensing research reactors, prototypes and demonstrations. Guidance on core damage Frequency and approach for probabilistic safety assessment. Use of inherent material properties. Guidance on how to build a safety case with consideration for inherent material properties is needed. Demonstration and application of defence-in-depth. Guidance is needed to support development of the safety case as well as safety classification. Could benefit from understanding the configuration management aspects between the conceptual design phase and when the design reaches maturity; vendor versus licensee responsibilities.
[en] In January 2017, NuScale submitted the first SMR Design Certification Application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As a result of extensive pre-application engagement with the regulator, the application was documented within 60 days. The review is now more than 18 months in progress with the most extensive NRC review phase now successfully completed and on schedule for issuance of a Final Safety Evaluation report at the end of 2020. NuScale continues to build on two key initiatives, its NuScale Diverse Energy Platform and advancements in NuScale plant resilience.
[en] This paper introduces a diverse actuation system (DAS) design for a small modular reactor in China. The design provides a diverse backup to the reactor protection system. This backup is included to support the aggressive plant risk goals by reducing the probability of a severe accident, which potentially results from the unlikely coincidence of postulated transients and postulated common-mode failure in the protection and control systems. (author)
[en] This presentation gives a detailed description of fuel fabrication activities at the Chalk River Nuclear Labs which includes hypostoichiometric fuel, additive manufacturing which enables fuel designers to define fuel characteristics optimized for improved fuel performance, safety, and after service processing (spent fuel management). New reactors to include all aspects of sustainability. The nuclear fuel cycle encompasses multiple generations.
[en] Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO ) was formed in 2002 as required by Nuclear Fuel Waste Act. It is funded by Canada's nuclear energy corporations and operates on a not-for-profit basis. Their mission is to develop and implement collaboratively with Canadians, a management approach for the long-term care of Canada's used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible, and economically feasible.