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Through the six-month Generation Energy dialogue in 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) heard that Canadian partners would need to work together to realize the potential for SMRs. In response, NRCan convened the SMR Roadmap Project with interested provinces, territories and power utilities. The Project is a ten-month program of engagement with the nuclear industry, as well as potential end-users such as Northern and Indigenous communities and heavy industry stakeholders, to explore the potential scope for a national path forward for SMRs.
The Canadian Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Roadmap with the final report will be officially launched at the Conference on Nov. 7, 2018.
|Invited Distinguished Speakers||Presentation Topic/Content (Subject to Change)||Technical Program Track|
Igor Pioro, PhD, Doctor of Technical Sciences, P.Eng., Fellow of ASME, CSME & EIC Professor [Bio] [Abstract]
Founding Editor of the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT (1)
|Current Status of Nuclear Power Industry in the World and Future Development||1.1 International Development of SMR|
Andrew Sowder, Ph.D., CHP
Advanced Nuclear Technology
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) [Bio] (2)
|Preserving the Advanced Nuclear Option in the Face of Uncertainty: EPRI Perspective on R&D to Support a New Generation of Reactors||1.1 International Development of SMR|
Robin Manley, VP, Regulatory Affairs, OPG [Bio] [Abstract] (3)
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power [Bio] (4)
|Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap - Regulatory Readiness Working Group Report||1.2 Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing #1|
Dr. Rosaura Ham-Su, PhD,
Manager, Fuel Development Branch
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories [Bio] (7)
|Fuel Manufacturing techniques for Advanced Fuels||1.4 Advanced Fuel & Fuel Manufacturing|
Ken Canavan, Chief Technology Officer Westinghouse Electric Company [Bio] (8)
|Westinghouse EnCore? Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) Development Program||1.4 Advanced Fuel & Fuel Manufacturing|
Rory O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Moltex Energy Canada [Bio] (9)
|Waste to Stable Salt (WATSS), Economical Reuse of Spent CANDU Fuel||1.4 Advanced Reactors: Molten Salt Reactors|
Paul McClelland, Director
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) [Bio] (10)
Lise Morton, Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Division
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
|Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap - Waste Working Group Report||2.2 Waste Management for SMR/Codes & Standards|
Chief Engineer & Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) (12)
|Requirement issues, and approaches to include future waste streams from new technologies such as SMR deployment under the current long term nuclear waste management policy||2.2 Waste Management for SMR /Codes & Standards|
Chris Ciaravino, Co-chair of the Economics and Finance Working Group
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)[Bio] [Abstract] (13)
|Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap - Economic and Finance Working Group Report||2.3 Economics|
Victor Pakalnis, President & CEO,
Mirarco Mining Innovations
Small Modular Reactors and their Applications to Remote Mining Operations [Bio] [Abstract] (14)
|Economic Impact of SMRs in the North||2.3 Economics|
Dr. Bronwyn Hyland, Physicist &
SMR Program Manager
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (15)
Senior Strategic Advisor
Past - Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer
Current -Team Lead in Advanced Modular Reactor Development;
NB Power rep on the Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap Steering Committee
New Brunswick Power [Bio](17)
|Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap - Technology Working Group Report||2.4 R & D Support for Advanced Reactors|
|David Newland, Director General Directorate of Assessment and Analysis Technical Support Branch Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission ( CNSC) [Bio] (17)||The Changing Landscape of Research – A Regulatory Perspective [Abstract]||2.4 R & D Support for Advanced Reactors|
Rachna Clavero, Director
CANDU Owners Group [Bio] [Abstract] (18)
|COG’s SMR Technology Forum||3.2 Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing #2|
President, Nuclear Innovation Institute & VP, Regulatory affairs,
Bruce Power [Bio] (19)
|Bruce Power’s P3 Model for Potential SMR Deployment in Canada [Abstract]||3.3 SMR Financing & Legal Consideration|
Professor Tim Abram – U-Battery Team
Nuclear Fuel Technology,
University of Manchester,
Dalton Institute [Bio] (20)
Sean Donnelly – U Battery Team Manager
Station Operations & Licensing
Kinetrics [Bio] (21)
|Safety and Security of the U-Battery Micro-reactor||4.1 Advanced Reactors 2: Gas-Cooled Reactors|
David A. Poole
CTO StarCore [Bio] (22)
Dr. Leo D Eskin
Director Systems Engineering [Bio] (22)
|Remote SMRs - Requirements and Design Considerations||4.1 Advanced Reactors 2: Gas-Cooled Reactors|
Jeff Lehman, Vice President Nuclear New Build
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) [Bio] (23)
|Fleet Approach in SMR Operation [Abstract]||4.2 Off-Grid SMR Considerations|
President, UNENE [Bio] (24)
|UNENE’s research programs on Advanced Reactors and SMRs||4.3 Skill Management & Nuclear Knowledge Management|
Dr. Michaela Ovanes
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [Bio] [Abstract] (25)
|Knowledge Management Applications to Enable Successful SMR Deployment||4.3 Skill Management & Nuclear Knowledge Management|
William Cook, PhD,
Professor, University of New Brunswick (26)
|New Brunswick SMR Research & Development Cluster: An Industry-Government-Academic Partnership||4.3 Skill Management & Nuclear Knowledge Management|
Host Sponsor: CNL's CEO & President, Mark Lesinski [Bio]
NOV. 6 - 8, 2018 OTTAWA MARRIOTT HOTEL, ONTARIO, CANADA
Nov. 9 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Tour
Conference Registration Fees include:
Registration is now closed.
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|Early Bird||Regular (after Sept. 3, 2018)|
|Non CNS Member||$885||$985|
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Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018, due to some abstract submissions requiring longer lead time for approval. The Revised key dates are :
Abstract Submission extended March 23, 2018
Acceptance of Abstractsextended April 6, 2018
Draft Paper Submission May 18, 2018
Final Paper Submission extended August 10, 2018
Paper-Acceptance Letters Sent to Authors: August 3, 2018
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It is my great pleasure to inform you that The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 6-8, 2018 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel.
I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting conference, whose theme is "Meeting the Challenges to Deploy next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs".
Generation IV and SMRs can play an important role in addressing the energy, health, safety, security and climate-change goals of the world. Generation IV small reactors have advanced passive safety features, are resistant to nuclear proliferation, have no greenhouse gas emissions, and are promoted as being economically competitive by lowering cost from mass production. They are suitable for niche and off-grid applications, as well as a connection to the electric grid as a supply option to provide incremental capacity as needed to match incremental energy demand. The Conference will have distinguished speakers. In addition, there will be exhibits and booths to showcase your reactor design, products or services.
Since George C. Laurence designed one of the world’s first nuclear reactors at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa in 1941, Canada has built a comprehensive, mature, world-renowned nuclear science & technology (S & T) ecosystem in mosaic capabilities serving broad research needs, within both academia and industry, and that span across the country and across Canada’s industrial sectors.
Please join us in this exciting conference to explore Canadian nuclear S & T capabilities and to participate in discussions on international collaborations, and to keep up-to-date with the latest research in tackling the challenges to deploy next generation advanced reactors and SMRs.
2017-2018 President, Canadian Nuclear Society.
CNL is excited to co-host this, the first, Generation-IV and Small Reactor (G4SR) Conference. We would like to extend an invitation to colleagues, partners, developers and all others interested in the next generation of nuclear technology to join us in Ottawa for the 2018 event. Though it is the first G4SR, it builds off the strength of technical meetings we have supported for the past several years. Like Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, this event is transforming and revisiting the interests and needs of its core customers, and the programming is evolving to address these shifts.
Earlier this year, we declared small modular reactors, commonly referred to as SMRs, as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the specific goal of siting an SMR on one of our sites by 2026. We believe in the commercial viability of SMRs, and it is our vision to serve as a global leader in SMR demonstration, testing and technology development support. Success in achieving this goal requires the critical connections that will be formed through the dialogue at events such as G4SR.
The conference promises an engaging, and productive two-full days exploring topics critical to the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors. It brings together world leaders in technical and non-technical aspects of deployment for discussions relevant not just to Canada but globally. I invite you to join in the conversation.
Dr. Kathy McCarthy
Vice-President, Research & Development, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Any inquiries related to the CRL Tour can be emailed to Stavros.Corbett@cnl.ca.
Date: Nov 9 (Friday), 2018 Fees: A fee of $30 will be charged to cover transportation costs for the tour.
Registration is required. Please see details below.
You can select the CRL tour option here in the online registration form.
CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) represents the largest single complex within Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. The site contains many licenced nuclear facilities, and more than 50 unique research and production facilities and laboratories.
Visitors to the CRL campus will have an opportunity to explore a selection of facilities, with tours provided by subject matter experts.
All G4SR-1 conference attendees wishing to attend the CRL Tour must:
Note: CNL Tour registration on the CNL website will open on 2018 August 13. Please register no later than 2018 October 19. Registrants will be contacted by email provided to confirm their attendance.
Additional information for tour registrants:
TRANSPORTATION: The tour bus will leave the Marriot hotel at 7:30 am. The bus will leave the CRL site at 2:00 pm, and return to the Marriot hotel. Arrival back at the hotel is expected to be between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
PHOTO ID: Please have valid photo identification with you on the tour at all times.
DRESS CODE: Pants and closed-toe shoes and pants are recommended, as required for some facilities. Shorts/skirts, or high heels are not permitted.
CAMERAS: Cameras or video recording devices are not permitted.
MEALS: Lunch will be provided at CNL.
CONTACT INFO: Any inquiries related to the CRL Tour can be emailed to Stavros.Corbett@cnl.ca.
Don't forget to complete your G4SR-1 registration for the tour, by selecting the link provided here.
Dr. T. (Nithy) Nitheanandan,
Director, Engineering Design Assessment Division
Directorate of Assessment and Analysis
Technical Support Branch
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) [bio]
Nithy provides scientific and technical leadership to scientists, engineers, and technologist on nuclear-power-reactor severe accidents, fuel-channel heat transfer, fuel behaviour under accident conditions, fission-product release, containment behaviour, and finite-element analysis of structural thermo-mechanical behaviour.
Internationally cited ASME Journal Paper includes:
Benchmarking Severe Accident Computer Codes for Heavy Water Reactor Applications
ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci 3(2), 020903 (Mar 01, 2017) (11 pages)
IAEA Presentation: Introduction of GIF ISAM for Gen IV Reactor Systems
The Generation IV Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG) developed an Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM)  to support the concept that safety is “built in” the Gen IV reactor design processes rather than “added on”. ISAM accomplishes this by assimilating safety requirements as reactor systems are conceptualised and designed. The methodology is useful not only for the Gen IV technology development cycle but also for the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) concept and design development.
There are five main tools in ISAM, namely, (1) Qualitative Safety Features Review (QSR), (2) Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT), (3) Objective Provision Tree (OPT), (4) Deterministic and Phenomenological Analyses (DPA), and (5) Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Each tool is intended to be used in answering specific safety-related questions in diverse degrees of detail and during different stages of design maturity. The ISAM tools is expected to be used throughout the concept development and design phases to derive insights to influence the course of the design evolution. The application of these tools would yield an objective understanding of risk contributors, effectiveness of safety-related design provisions, sources and impacts of uncertainties, and other safety-related issues that are important for a successful design. The tools also present a measure of design maturity, in terms of the level of safety and risk associated with the conceptual design relative to safety objectives.
The workshop on Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology will introduce ISAM concept, provide examples of Gen IV advanced reactors applications, and list some relevant literature for further reading.
Reference: 1. An Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) for Generation IV Nuclear Systems, Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG), GIF/RSGW/ISAM Report Version 1, 18 June 2010.
Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Professor, CSIP Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
Margot is the Lead, Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Regina, Saskatchewan, Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 7, “Risk Management and Decision Making in Relation to Sustainable Development” of the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate. After practising law for 18 years (the final years in the capacity of Assistant General Counsel at SaskPower) she has many publications and research projects relating to public acceptance, public engagement and nuclear energy.
Key nuclear projects include:
She is a member of Canadian Nuclear Society’s Generation IV and Small Reactor Division - Regulatory frameworks, ownership models and business cases for SMRs working on “Accelerating Licensing of Advanced Nuclear through International Coordination – Exploring Potential Pathways” project.
Workshop Co-Chair - Dr. Todd Allen is currently a Professor and Expert on nuclear engineering, material science and energy at the University of Wisconsin and a Senior Fellow at Third Way, a DC base Think Tank, supporting their Clean Energy Portfolio.
He was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory from January 2013 through January 2016.
Prior to INL he was a Professor in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin, a position held from September 2003 through December 2012.
From March 2008 - December 2012, he was concurrently the Scientific Director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at INL.
Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he was a Nuclear Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory-West in Idaho Falls. His Doctoral Degree is in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (1997) and his Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering is from Northwestern University (1984). Prior to graduate work, he was an officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program.
Discussions are well underway surrounding the appropriateness of Canada’s current regulatory framework and regulatory program and changes that might be required due to differences relating to Generation IV and SMR technology.
Licensing uncertainties exist including: whether a gap analysis must be performed for foreign codes/standards and Canadian, if special licensing will be needed for a demonstration reactor, and what a ‘phased in’ or step wise approach might look like in relation to licensing approvals. Outstanding legal issues include:
Perhaps one of the biggest looming regulatory challenges is the degree of stakeholder support from nearby communities, aboriginal groups and other stakeholders. Consultations will be required and there is uncertainty how this will coincide with regulatory approval.
This workshop will focus on adequately identifying uncertainties, building strategies and opportunities to reduce uncertainty, how uncertainty interfaces with public acceptance and approval and how this can all occur while protecting the environment, maintaining safety, and building on public engagement.
This workshop will engage participants in break-out discussion groups with understanding the regulatory approval issues, the identification of uncertainties, and the public engagement process providing examples of novel communications, engagement mechanisms, and public interface models.
References: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – DIS-16-04 Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - What we Heard Report – DIS-16-04 Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Perspectives on Canada’s SMR Opportunity, Summary Report
Senior Advisor, Nuclear Technology, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development & Mines
Dr. Metin Yetisir,
Section Head, Advanced Reactor Technologies,
Systems and Safety Analysis Branch,
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories,
Adjunct Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University
CONFERENCE LOGISTICS CHAIR
R&D Scientist Fuel Performance and Evaluation
Fuel Development Branch Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)