Workshop to continue NRC, DOE work on advanced non-light water reactors

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a workshop on advanced non-light water reactors June 7-8, 2016 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The workshop will continue the initiative begun during the September 2015, DOE-NRC workshop to explore options for increased efficiency, from both a technical and regulatory perspective, for safely developing and deploying advanced non-light water reactors. DOE and NRC staff will discuss advanced non-light water nuclear reactor concepts and licensing issues with participants including reactor design vendors, suppliers, electric utilities, academia, national labs, non-government organizations, and other federal agencies.

The discussions will cover both near- and longer-term opportunities to test and demonstrate new concepts, build non-light water reactors, and enhance appropriate licensing processes and guidance.

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is hoping that advanced reactor technology such as small modular reactors (SMRs) can help nuclear retain its 20% share of electric generation in the United States.

Flat power demand and cheap natural gas prices are affecting the current market dynamics for electric generation.

There is no registration fee but early registration is encouraged for NRC planning purposes.

For information, contact George Tartal (301) 415-0016 George.Tartal@nrc.gov or Diane Jackson (301) 415-5641 Diane.Jackson@nrc.gov. 

There is no registration fee but early registration is encouraged for NRC planning purposes.

For information, contact George Tartal (301) 415-0016 George.Tartal@nrc.gov or Diane Jackson (301) 415-5641 Diane.Jackson@nrc.gov.

 

 

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