In 2017, NNL were awarded a programme of work to continue with the development of a suite of toolkits and underpinning data that will enhance government’s knowledge basis for future decision making in the nuclear sector, up to 2050. NNL are working with a number of organisations to deliver these outcomes.
The overall aims for the integrated programme on a strategic toolkit and nuclear facilities are:
• by 2020 to have a suite of tools and the underpinning data that can assist Government’s decision-making regarding the implementation of nuclear technologies within its energy policies
• by 2020 to have a coordinated framework of UK nuclear facilities aligned to UK priorities and programmes
• by 2030 to have implemented programmes and progressed energy policy based on co-ordinated and integrated strategic assessment modelling
• by 2050 for the UK to be able to demonstrate effective deployment of its infrastructure approach and provide support to other nations.
• by 2021 to the ability to make evidence-based policy decisions on nuclear technologies, and improved coordination and optimal use of the facilities available to the UK nuclear sector.
The high level scope and objectives are shown in the following diagram:
UK Fast Reactor Knowledge Capture
As part of the BEIS Nuclear Innovation Programme (NIP) Strategic Toolkit programme NNL has led a Fast Reactor Knowledge Capture project, to consolidate the UK’s fast reactor knowledge and ensure it is accessible to support future programmes.
The fast reactor programme in the UK ran from the early 1950s through to the mid-1990s. It resulted in two operational power reactors, the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) and Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR), as well as a number of supporting facilities that underpinned the UK’s fast reactor development programme.
DFR and PFR successfully ran for 1000 effective full power days each, against a background of changing requirements and practices. An average of ca 1000 professional people with technical expertise supported the UK fast reactor programme over 40 years equating to a combined experience of around 40,000 person-years. A large volume of information was generated over the decades, of which a significant proportion could be of great value for future projects.
The Project has been undertaken by NNL as the lead organisation, with support from Wood and four technical experts from the Fast Reactor Consultants Group (FRCG) – the FRCF are ex-senior staff members and subject matter experts from UKAEA, BNFL and NNC.
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