Future nuclear power concepts for the near and long term: technology, economics and deployment
Whereas the light water reactor technology has widely matured and the power plants based on this technology are reliable ‘workhorses’ of today’s electric power generation, the nuclear fission based energy production process still has a huge improvement potential. For instance, only 4% of the uranium fuel is used in the current fission process, the remainder mostly being declared waste and stored in canisters. This waste has to be kept out of the biosphere for many centuries. Although already very small, the residual risk for an accident with a large radioactive release could be decreased even further. And, today’s nuclear plants are mostly serving the electricity market, while there is a large non-electrical energy market waiting for a dispatchable low-carbon energy source.
In 2002, an initiative supported by ten countries was started, called the Generation IV Initiative, identifying six advanced nuclear design concepts addressing these challenges. In the years that followed, additional concepts were identified, closer to existing technology, to be available on a much shorter term. Besides the large traditional nuclear vendor companies, also various start-up firms emerged, with private funding to develop and promote their own nuclear reactor design.
The presentation will address the main technological features of the Generation IV designs and a selection of designs for near and long term deployment, departing from the existing LWR technology. Also the effects on economic performance will be discussed, where to expect cost increase or decrease, and more or less investment risk. Finally, the trends on actual deployment will be discussed: what is actually happening on construction projects across the world and what is needed to turn the advanced reactor concepts into real projects? It appears that perceived market risk is of great importance for the initiation of construction projects. A supportive government attitude is of utmost importance, as well as a limited technological risk, which results in those projects currently under construction being in the technological sense closely related to prototypes built previously.
Next generation wind and solar power. From cost to value
Renewable power has seen a dramatic expansion in recent years thanks to sharply falling costs. However, this growth has raised a new challenge for policy makers, system operators and regulators.
Integrating the first few percentage points of variable renewables into generation poses few problems for most power systems. Beyond these levels however, power systems must be adapted and upgraded to take variable renewables into account.
The traditional focus on the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) – a measure of cost for a particular generating technology at the level of a power plant – is no longer sufficient.
Next-generation approaches need to factor in the system value of electricity from wind and solar power, meaning the overall benefit arising from the addition of a wind or solar power generation source to the power system.
Innovation in aviation, research and development of electric and hybrid drive systems for aircrafts
Internal combustion engine driven vehicles cause significant noise and air pollution. This problem occurs more dominantly at aviation, and the energy used for aviation is very wasteful. Therefore recently special attention is devoted to new technologies that can achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption of air transport, as well as noise and air pollution. Increasing research and development activities have been launched all over the world, aimed at the creation of environmentally friendly all-electric or hybrid drive systems for aircrafts. Besides the environmentally friendly aspects, the main goal is to achieve increasing power- and energy density with the elements of the drive system in addition to fulfilling the appropriate security levels. Novel solutions appear which can revolutionize the aviation industry. The presentation describes the current innovative research and development directions and highlights the Siemens and the Hungarian added values.
Final schedule is available HERE.
The US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is your source of info & networking in the dynamic fields of energy engineering, energy management, renewables, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and related areas . The Seminar focuses on energy management and systems, energy saving solutions presented by our honorable guests:
Larry Good, Director of International Development, AEE
Information about the Certified Energy Auditor training
- What are the types of energy audits?
- What is the most important aspect of an energy audit?
- What is the result of an energy audit?
- AEE Around the World – 2017
- news about chapters developing around the world,
- methods of chapter sustainability, and
- students the benefits of staying in the AEE network for their whole career
Albin Zsebik, Assistant Director of International Member Development for Eastern and Central Europe
The role of the energy auditing in the ISO 50 001 Energy Management Systems
- give a short information about the ISO 50001 - Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
- define the role of the energy auditing in the EnMS
- to show examples of decreasing of the energy consumption with the waste heat utilization.
Zoltán Czinege, President of the AEE Hungary Chapter
Energy saving opportunities in air handling
- introduce the requirements on the air quality of different technologies,
- to show examples of the energy-efficient strategies for designing and equip the ventilation systems and
- the possibility of energy decreasing of the energy consumption at the existing systems.
Panel discussion on the recent trends and challenges in the field of nuclear energy
− Aliki Van Heek, International Atomic Energy Agency
− Szabolcs Czifrus, Institute of Nuclear Techniques
− Zoltán Hózer, Hungarian Academy of Science Centre for Energy Research
− András Cserháti, Hungarian Nuclear Society
Young Professional Career Development Workshop
At the first part of the Workshop, attendees hear three 20 minutes long lectures about three career development possibilities. These are the followings:
− career development and gaining more knowledge in non-profit technical organizations
− career development in an academic field, PhD education
− career development at a company and companies’ expectations of entrant engineers
At the second part, the invited lecturers will welcome you at their tables to answer your questions regarding the specialized topics and give you more information about them.
− Péter Magyar, Chapters and Membership Development Chair at IEEE IAS
− Károly Veszprémi, Vice Rector, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
− Anikó Karl, HR Leader at MAVIR Hungarian Transmission Operator Co.
High Voltage Laboratory Budapest
The Group of High Voltage Technology and Equipment of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics organizes spectacular and exciting shows regularly to facilitate the easy understanding of high voltage technology and the electrical phenomena. The visitors can get closer to the high voltage phenomena during the shows in the High Voltage Laboratory, and they can also gain new knowledge about the world around us during the presentations. The visitors can experience the light and sound effects of the high voltage discharges and get acquainted with the operation and structure of the high voltage equipment. Furthermore visitors can understand the job of power engineers and the Group of High Voltage Technology and Equipment.
Training / Research Reactor in Institute of Nuclear Techniques
The training reactor of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics is a pool type reactor located at the university campus. It was designed and built between 1969 and 1971, by Hungarian nuclear and technical experts. The main purpose of the reactor is to support education in nuclear engineering and physics; however, extensive research work is carried out as well. The reactor is used, among others for activation analysis for radiochemistry and archeological research, investigation of biomedical applications and experiments in reactor physics and thermohydraulics. Neutron irradiation can be performed using 20 vertical irradiation channels, 5 horizontal beam tubes, two pneumatic rabbit systems and a large irradiation tunnel. The maximum thermal power is 100 kW. The visitors can nearly get acquainted with the magical Cherenkov radiation, and the operation of the reactor.
Theodore von Kármán Wind Tunnel Laboratory
Named after the great Hungarian aerospace scientist, Theodore von Kármán, the Von Kármán Wind Tunnel Laboratory carries out wind tunnel measurements in both public and commercial projects. The lab currently owns 4 wind tunnels of several types with different flow parameters in order to make it possible to investigate a wide range of problems in low-speed aerodynamics. The laboratory is an unit of the Department of Fluid Mechanics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The Department has several projects such as wind tunnel tests of the planned UEFA Category 4 Football Stadium in Debrecen, Hungary, vehicle and building aerodynamics measurements and MISKAM CFD simulations. The Wind Tunnel Laboratory offers extraordinary opportunity to take a look inside of various flow phenomena, and the visitors may experience the 70-80 km/h air flow of the large wind tunnel.
For more details, please check the following link: http://www.ara.bme.hu/cms/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1&lang=en
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We are pleased to announce the technical tour to Paks Nuclear Power Plant. Paks Nuclear Power Plant is located just 120 km South of Budapest. It was built between 1972 and 1987 and has 4 operating units, 500 MWe each. Paks Nuclear power plant is providing more than 50% of the electricity production of Hungary.
Participants are going to visit operational area of the plant and gain comprehensive overview of its operation and properties. After visiting the Nuclear Power Plant, we are going to stop at Perkáta 400/120 kV substation and have a look at the high voltage swiching equipment, for example the power transformers, circuit breakers, busbars, etc.. This newly built substation is one of the main substations of the Hungarian transmission system.
After visiting Paks NPP the tour continues with having fun at the fantastic Aquaworld Resort which is open until 22:00. After closing buses will take you back to the hotel.
The €55 tour fee covers the travel to and from Paks NPP, the lunch and the entry to Aquaworld Resort Budapest. Capacity is limited with only 40 seats available.
Welcome reception (19:00 Wednesday, 21st June)
Venue: Danubius Hotel Flamenco – Bolero Foyer
All registered participants are invited to network, change ideas and socialize with fellow conference attendees at our welcome reception. It will take place at the conference hotel, so you can join us conveniently. We hope to see you there!
Social program (18:00 Thursday, 22nd June)
You are all warmly invited to our unforgettable social event on Thursday 22nd June, where you will have the opportunity to discover the treasures of Budapest. In an exciting city race you can try your agility with a team while admiring the lovely historical buildings and places of the Hungarian capital. At the end of the tour, you will be invited to taste the finest Hungarian cuisine and be part of an entertaining program at the Gellért Brasserie. After enjoying a traditional folk dance performance, the floor will be yours! This evening will provide a pleasant setting and a friendly atmosphere for networking and recreation. Be a part of it!
Gala dinner (20:00 Friday, 23rd June)
Venue: Lázár Equestrian Park
Situated 35 km from Budapest, in the heart of Domonyvölgy, the Lázár Equestrian Park is owned by the coach driving world champions, Vilmos and Zoltán Lázár. The resort nestles among the picturesque lakes of the Gödöllő Hills.
On arrival at the park guests are welcomed with fresh scones topped with crackling or cheese and seeds, fruit brandy („pálinka”) and mineral water. Then they are invited to enjoy the unique Horse Show and take part in a pleasant coach trip through the woods.
The program ends with the dinner where tipical Hungarian dishes will be served.
Transfer to the Park by bus: at 19:00, from Danubius Hotel Flamenco parking.