INPRO and GIF Strengthen Cooperation

Mar 3, 2011

INPRO and GIF Strengthen Cooperation

Over 50 representatives of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) and the IAEA are meeting over the next couple of days for the 5th GIF/INPRO Interface Meeting at the Agency in Vienna. Since 2005, INPRO and GIF have been collaborating on their common goal of contributing to the global sustainable development of nuclear energy in the 21st century.

"With the worldwide increasing energy demand, securing resources and energy supply for the future has become a very important theme", said Mr Yukata Sagayama, Chairman of GIF. "The importance of nuclear development will therefore continue to increase", he added.

GIF coordinates research activities on six next generation nuclear energy systems: gas cooled fast reactors (GFRs), lead cooled FRs, molten salt reactors, sodium cooled FRs (SFRs), supercritical water cooled reactors (SCWRs) and very high temperature reactors (VHTRs).

"At present, only INPRO and GIF are multilateral international cooperative frameworks for R&D of the next generation nuclear reactors" Mr. Sagayama pointed out and emphasized the significance of a cooperative partnership between INPRO and GIF.

Opening the meeting, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy Mr Alexander Bychkov, who is also INPRO Project Manager, stressed that "international cooperation and collaboration are instrumental to both INPRO's and GIF's missions and objectives".

"In addition to updates on the GIF systems and on shared methodologies for proliferation resistance, economics and safety, we will also discuss new areas of potential cooperation, such as modelling and simulation, small and medium sized reactors, advanced fuel cycles including thorium, and education and training", said Mr Bychkov.

He also provided an overview of the Nuclear Energy Department's priorities in the next biennium (2012/2013) and mentioned two new initiatives that will be of significance in the next few years and will be managed by the department: a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel bank and the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), announced at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Joint workshops between GIF and the IAEA on sodium cooled fast reactors will also be discussed at the meeting; participants from France, India, Japan, the Russian Federation and the USA will propose potential topics and approaches. Following a 2010 workshop on operational and safety aspects of sodium cooled FRs, a second workshop will take place in 2011.

For more information visit the 5th GIF/INPRO Interface Meeting webpage.

Contact: R. Beatty


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