4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors - 2016 Nov. 02-04

Presented at:
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors
2016 Nov. 02-04
Ottawa, ON Canada
Session Title:
Session: Plenary 1

S.J. Bushby (AECL)


Welcome to this 4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors!  It has been fascinating to watch how this conference has evolved from the 1st ITMSR just six short years ago.  At that time, materials and neutron-beam research was ramping up again as NRU was returning from an extended outage.  R&D on small reactors was the toil of a dedicated few who saw the potential of SMRs – with few exceptions, much of the established industry viewed SMRs more as a curiosity, adhering to the age-old axiom that “bigger is better” when it comes to nuclear power.  My, how things have changed!  The venerable NRU will sadly end operation in 2018, but there is still exciting research underway.  The opportunities and promise that SMRs present are now recognized: lower capital and operating cost; off-grid, distributed power; heat and electricity production for remote communities; load following for mining applications; waste reduction and fuel recycling; passive safety; etc. etc. etc.   Moreover, nuclear power is now (finally!) acknowledged as an essential clean-energy technology to address climate change.  

The high-quality plenary and technical sessions of the 4th ITMSR reflect these new, exciting realities. 

I am very pleased and honoured to be the General Chair of the 4th-ITMSR, and on behalf of the hard-working Organizing Committee, welcome to Ottawa.  We sincerely hope that you enjoy the conference. 

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