Washington, D.C. – Leaders of the US-based NGNP Industry Alliance Limited (Alliance) and the European Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative (NC2I) met last week to discuss collaboration opportunities to development and commercialize a Generation IV, intrinsically safe nuclear high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) technology that can be used for cogeneration of process heat and electricity, displacing other fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases they cause.Common interests in the development of this safe, clean and sustainable nuclear energy brought high-level representatives of the Alliance and NC2I together for a three-day meeting at the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington D.C. on 5-7 March 2014.
Both the NC2I and Alliance have missions to enable commercialization of the HTGR technology and expand the use of nuclear energy to industrial applications with the primary objectives to significantly reduce industry’s carbon footprint as well as their dependence on premium fossil fuels.
Both groups are setting targets to build and demonstrate HTGR installations in energy-intensive industries over the coming decade. They are carrying out technology development activities with the goal to design, demonstrate, build and operate the HTGR as a standard offering that can be used for process heat/steam applications.
Participants shared updates on the overall status of HTGR activities in North America and in Europe. They reviewed funding options for nuclear cogeneration installations and discussed areas open for future partnerships and cooperation. Together, they agreed to work on a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way to:
- Develop a joint vision, business plan and roadmap;
- Share information on technology, safety and applications to electric power generation, process heat application and, in the longer term, hydrogen production;
- Collaborate on establishing an international licensing framework for the HTGR;
- Collaborate on demonstration and deployment of HTGR systems;
- Support joint research beneficial to worldwide commercialization; and
- Outline concepts of parallel or “sister” HTGR projects in North America and the European Union.
Today, nearly 80% of the world’s energy demand is consumed in the industrial and transportation sectors with fossil fuels being the primary source of energy supply for these sectors. The production of carbon free heat at temperatures approaching 700 – 900 deg. C from advanced nuclear energy technology is a major innovation that can open large new markets for plant production systems, and jobs for the future.
Nuclear power continues to provide a significant contribution to curbing carbon dioxide, mercury and other particulate emissions. Energy from nuclear supports world-wide leadership in energy policy by providing a clean energy option that increases security and efficiency of energy supply and decreasing energy cost volatility.