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Technical Meeting on the INPRO Collaborative Project “Comparative Evaluation of Nuclear Energy System Options”

18 – 21 Feb 2020
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1904534

The International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) was established in 2000 with the goal of ensuring a sustainable nuclear energy supply to help meet 21st century global energy needs. INPRO’s activities are centred on the key concepts of global nuclear energy sustainability and the development of long-range nuclear energy strategies, so that nuclear energy is and remains available to meet national energy needs.

Collaborative project “Comparative Evaluation of Nuclear Energy System Options” (CENESO) is a follow up project to the now completed INPRO collaborative project “Key Indicators for Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems” (KIND) and is implemented as an activity under INPRO Task 1 “Global scenarios”. The collaborative project KIND has developed and performed a trial application of the comparative evaluation approach applicable to different innovative and evolutionary nuclear energy systems (NES), nuclear energy evolution scenarios and nuclear versus non-nuclear energy options. The KIND approach was developed to support decision making process. It is based on selected problem-oriented Key Indicators corresponding to subject areas of the INPRO methodology for sustainability assessment of a NES, and a state-of-the-art judgement aggregation, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis methods.

The collaborative project “Comparative Evaluation of Nuclear Energy System Options” (CENESO) has the objective to further elaborate and apply the KIND approach in case studies on comparative evaluation of country-specific nuclear energy system options. The studies to be performed by interested INPRO Members are to exercise utility of the KIND approach to support decision analysis and prioritization in national nuclear energy programmes.

The consultants’ and a technical meeting for CENESO were convened in 2017 - 2019 which resulted in 14 case studies initiated and implemented by experts from Armenia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Romania, Russian Federation, Thailand and Ukraine.  This meeting will be the last technical meeting for CENESO.

The output of the project will be a TECDOC documenting the results of the performed case studies and presenting feedback to, and new elaborations of, the used approach.

The objectives of this technical meeting are to:

  1. Present and review the progress of country case studies on comparative evaluation of nuclear energy system options and deployment scenarios;
  2. Present the updated KIND-Evaluation Tool (KIND-ET) and its extensions to support comparative evaluations and uncertainty/sensitivity analyses of nuclear energy system options and deployment scenarios;
  3. Present country-neutral case studies on the comparative evaluation, ranking and screening of nuclear energy deployment scenarios and fuel cycle options, developed to support training within the INPRO service “Analysis Support for Enhanced Nuclear Energy Sustainability” (ASENES); and
  4. Review the context and text of the draft CENESO final report.

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