Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRâ€™s) – A Compelling Solution for Carbon-Free Future Electrical Energy
Small modular nuclear reactors (SMR’s) are proposed as one compelling solution for future carbon-free electrical energy generation. Compared to conventional power plants, their small size speeds manufacturing and deployment at reduced cost. It also opens novel physical location options. Important features include the incorporation of modern â€œfourth generation” safety features, such as molten salt coolant, and the production of less radioactive waste. A number of organizations are now aggressively pursuing this technology.
Mr. Koch will introduce SMR technology, its history, design approach, and discuss systems currently under development, ready to be deployed, both in Canada and internationally.
Frans Koch has a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. He worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for 20 years, followed by 2 years at the Science and Technology Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For the last 10 years of his career he was the secretary of two task forces of the International Energy Agency dealing with Electric Vehicles and Hydropower. He was the guest editor of a special issue on Hydropower for the publication Energy Policy, and authored half a dozen papers on Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, and Hydropower.