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Robotics & Remote Systems
The Mission of the Robotics and Remote Systems Division is to promote the development and application of immersive simulation, robotics, and remote systems for hazardous environments for the purpose of reducing hazardous exposure to individuals, reducing environmental hazards and reducing the cost of performing work.
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 NISD
Wednesday, June 16, 2021|12:00–1:45PM EDT
Robert J. Budnitz (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (retired))
Nilesh C. Chokshi (Consultant)
Julie Bry (ANS)
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recently published a new Regulatory Guide 1.233 that endorses a DOE-industry initiative called the "Licensing Modernization Project" approach for a licensing framework for advanced non-LWR reactors. An NRC-sponsored project has been developing a recommended approach for fitting large external hazards such as large earthquakes and high winds into the LMP framework in a seamless way. This panel session will discuss the technical and regulatory elements of the proposed approach, ongoing work to try out the framework on a few sample problems, and issues with implementing it in a way that designers can use easily.
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