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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Sandro M. O. L. Schneider, Patrick Burkhalter
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 4 | May 2020 | Pages 379-383
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2020.1712990
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
When it comes to the task of handling gaseous tritium, the challenge is to reduce losses of this precious, gaseous, hydrogen isotope. The driving force to achieve this is based on three requests:
1. Improve the safety and efficiency by spotting losses of gaseous tritium.
2. Embed the real-time tritium monitoring in the process and safety automation.
3. Be transparent in the whole workflow for its own safety and for auditable compliance.
Many good and accepted single devices and working procedures have been proposed and used already.
By introducing the Smolsys Ltd.® Radio Medical Container (RMC) method, a team at Smolsys Ltd. has brought the efficient and safe handling of tritium to a new performance level. The idea of the RMC method is to combine many of those approved single devices for gaseous tritium handling and link the workflow logically and digitally in a well-controllable confinement. In the case of the RMC, the working space or room is a container in which the working places and machines are run; hence, the room itself becomes part of the production process and tritium machine. It is monitored and controlled by the process logic and as such becomes a smart and digitized RMC for more safety and efficiency in tritium handling. This paper presents the RMC based on a realized tritium-processing factory in Switzerland. This RMC is a fully engineered tritium facility with a designed and engineered safety factor and is very flexible to be customized. The RMC is also transportable since standard container sizes are used.