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Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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Nuclear energy: enabling production of food, fiber, hydrocarbon biofuels, and negative carbon emissions
In the 1960s, Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory initiated a series of studies on nuclear agro-industrial complexes1 to address the needs of the world’s growing population. Agriculture was a central component of these studies, as it must be. Much of the emphasis was on desalination of seawater to provide fresh water for irrigation of crops. Remarkable advances have lowered the cost of desalination to make that option viable in countries like Israel. Later studies2 asked the question, are there sufficient minerals (potassium, phosphorous, copper, nickel, etc.) to enable a prosperous global society assuming sufficient nuclear energy? The answer was a qualified “yes,” with the caveat that mineral resources will limit some technological options. These studies were defined by the characteristic of looking across agricultural and industrial sectors to address multiple challenges using nuclear energy.
Technical Session|Panel|Sponsored by IRD
Tuesday, June 15, 2021|4:30–6:15PM EDT
James K. Jewell (INL)
Brenden J. Heidrich (INL)
Susan Gallier (ANS)
Idaho National Laboratory held a workshop in September 2020 to provide a snapshot look at current international, in-reactor testing and irradiation capabilities. Gaps were identified, and mitigation strategies and recommendations were discussed.
As new material innovations are being developed for in-reactor applications for reactor life extension long-term operation, and advanced reactor technologies, there is an increased need for materials qualification and assessment programs. In-reactor testing capabilities are vital to the on-going success of these DOE-NE programs and initiatives. Beyond performing simple irradiations in test reactors, few facilities exist internationally which can perform instrumented, in-situ irradiations on structural materials, and with the recent shut down of facilities hosted at Halden and NRU (example: instrumented fatigue loop, and in-situ creep), there are further gaps in the industry left unfilled. A new focus is being placed on the use of accelerator-based technologies to fill in some of these gaps, but these must be viewed as supplemental, and not surrogates to in-reactor capabilities.
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