18 January 2022

On January 18, the discussion “Nuclear Technologies of the Future” was held within the thematic week of Rosatom State Corporation at the EXPO-2020 World Exhibition in Dubai (UAE). Speakers from 8 European, African, and Asian countries presented their projects on the development of “fast” topics and the transition to 4th generation reactor technologies.

The Russian participants presented the unique features and experimental capabilities of the Russian MBIR reactor, which allows to speed up by an order of magnitude and to expand significantly the areas of research to substantiate the solutions of two-component nuclear energy and the fuel cycle closure. By the time of putting MBIR into commercial operation, will provide the ground for the activities of the International Research Centre under the auspices of the OECD NEA and IAEA, involving atomic scientists from all over the world.

Konstantin Vergazov, CEO of Consortium Leader of MBIR Reactor International Research Centre, Limited Liability Company, a Rosatom’s company: “In 2021, we approved the national program of advanced work at MBIR for 2028–2040, being the basis for discussing the international program wherein we are engaging our foreign partners. Our priority in 2022 is creating the International Advisory Board to determine the scientific research program at the MBIR reactor, which will comprise leading Russian and foreign scientists. Representatives of France, Korea, the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research have already sent their proposals for participation in the Advisory Board.”

Gennady Sakharov, Director for Capital Investments, State Construction Supervision, and State Expertise of the Rosatom State Corporation, spoke about the use of innovative technology in the MBIR project construction: “To date, MBIR is the most technologically advanced project in Russia. Rosatom was the first to apply digital simulation technology at such a large-scale state scientific facility, which allows for real-time planning of the construction progress. In September this year, we have launched the full-scale application of integrated remote monitoring tools using digital and unmanned technologies, such as high-resolution satellite imagery, UAV imagery, and laser scanning. In addition, the introduction of an industry-wide system for integrated management of the facility construction cost and time (Total Cost Management Nuclear Construction — TCM NC) is underway and successful. A special construction consortium has been established, featuring a pool of highly professional contractors for all major types of work. This approach allows us to use our resources efficiently and to reduce significantly the time and cost of the project that brought together dozens of construction companies.”

MBIR will provide the nuclear industry with a state-of-the-art and technologically advanced research infrastructure for the next 50 years.

During the event, Stefano Monti, Head of the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, delivered a presentation on “Innovative Nuclear Technology”; Tatiana Ivanova, Director of the Department for Atomic Science and Education, OECD NEA, spoke on the topic of “Framework Program for Irradiation Experiments (FIDES) under the Auspices of the OECD NEA: History of Success and Experience in Joint Research Programs”; Huo Xingkai, Research Engineer, China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), reported on the “Development of Fast Reactor Technology and Related Nuclear Fuel Cycle in China”; Akos Horváth, Director General of the Hungarian Center for Energy Research, made delivered a presentation on “The Allegro Project: Opportunities for the European Energy System of the Future”; Jae-Hyuk Heo, Director of the Reactor Technology Development Department, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), presented an overview of the Korean program to create a sodium-cooled fast reactor based on Generation IV technology; Yutaka Sagayama, Advisor to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), spoke about the status of Japanese nuclear energy system and the development of fast reactors; David Nicholls, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), presented to the audience the project of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR) in South Africa; Valery Shvetsov, Director of the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, spoke about “The Use of Extracted Neutron Beams for Fundamental and Applied Research.”

The multipurpose fast neutron research reactor (MBIR) is under construction within the comprehensive program “Development of Engineering, Technology, and Scientific Research in the Field of Atomic Energy in the Russian Federation” in Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region, under the supervision of JSC “SSC RIAR” (a Rosatom’s company). The International Research Center (IRC) is being created at the premises of the MBIR rector. The research team will include Russian and foreign scientists and researchers. The center will be operated by the “MBIR Reactor International Research Centre” consortium.

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