Conference Proceedings Paper
Reactor Technology Selections for Remote Sites
33rd Annual CNS Conference - 2012 June 10-13
Davis Carlson (Gen4 Energy)
Gen4 Energy (formerly Hyperion Power Generation) is developing a small next generation nuclear power reactor. Sealed at the factory, including fuel for its 10 year operational lifetime, the Gen4 Power Module (G4M) will require no refueling and no on-site access to nuclear fuel (vastly reducing safety and proliferation concerns).
The market for Gen4 Energy's product is anywhere that electricity is currently produced by diesel generators. This market includes:
- Remote and Island Communities that are off-grid and reliant on expensive and regular supply of diesel fuel.
- Mining and Oil & Gas Production projects that are off-grid, energy-intensive, and increasingly sensitive to the environmental concerns of burning fossil fuels.
- Government Facilities that need reliable, off-grid power for sensitive or strategic missions.
Specific technologies that were included in the Gen4 design include liquid metal (lead bismuth) coolant, uranium nitride fuel, and a fast neutron spectrum. This presentation will provide market based rationale for those technology selections.
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