Reactor Technology Selections for Remote Sites
33rd Annual CNS Conference - 2012 June 10-13


Presented at:
33rd Annual CNS Conference
2012 June 10-13
Location:
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
WFS - Small Reactors

Authors:
Davis Carlson (Gen4 Energy)
  

Abstract

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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