As the world’s population grows, coupled with the inextricable link between electrification and quality of life, electricity is needed globally, to support existing and future needs. If the nations of the world are to meet their climate change commitments, the provision of electricity must be done in a manner that supports a ‘clean growth’ agenda, as the world becomes more dependent on stable electricity. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors (ARs) are uniquely positioned to meet current and future needs of advanced society.

Your Panel of Industry Speakers:

Paul Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Energy & Infrastructure Consulting, LLC
Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
Helen Cook, Principal, GNE Advisory


SMR/AR development will be driven by the need for electrification to support development, climate change and clean energy policies, and innovative applications as well as the lower aggregate cost of the units, which will make such technology more accessible to a wider group of nations. Given their size and operating features, SMRs and ARs are also suitable for remote regions and specific applications, such as mining and desalination.

The focus of this industry dialogue is to assess the economics and suitability of SMRs/ARs across a variety of applications, taking into consideration the development hurdles that such technologies face:
  • Application: baseload/grid power
  • Application: remote communities
  • Application: mining
  • Application: desalination
  • Application: hydrogen economy
  • Application: district heating
  • Application: "inside the fence" operations (e.g. critical infrastructure, data centers, etc)
  • Application: civilian naval propulsion
Some questions that need addressing are:
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the emerging SMR/AR industry?
  • Which global markets offer the best opportunities for a conducive investment climate in new nuclear energy projects and are favourable to SMRs/ARs as an alternative to the larger and more expensive NPPs?
  • How will SMRs/ARs be regulated and licensed? Will the cost of certifying the safety of an SMR/AR be prohibitive to potential buyers and will this be a barrier to enter new markets that would otherwise have considered SMRs/ARs as a viable option?
  • How canSMRs/ARs be used to disrupt the energy industry with innovative technology that can be applied beyond the energy industry?
  • WillSMRs/ARs provide safe, reliable and affordable low carbon electricity?
  • What new deployment models can be used to reduce the cost and schedule for both the programme and individual projects?
  • How can financing structures take advantage of the unique qualities of SMRs and ARs
The opportunities for SMRs across the globe are tremendous. National Nuclear Laboratory’s feasibility study estimated a global market demand of up to £400billion for energy that cannot, in all circumstances, be met by large scale nuclear reactors and so presents an opportunity for SMRs.

A World Nuclear Association 2015 report onSMR standardisation of licensing and harmonisation of regulatory requirements, said that the enormous potential ofSMRs rests on a number of factors:
  • Because of their small size and modularity,SMRs could almost be completely built in a controlled factory setting and installed module by module, improving the level of construction quality and efficieny
  • Their small size and passive safety features lend them to countries with smaller grids and less experience of nuclear power
  • Size, construction efficiency and passive safety systems (requiring less redundancy) can lead to easier financing compared to that for larger plants
  • Moreover, achieving ‘economies of series production’ for a specific SMR design will reduce costs further
Join us at Applications for SMRs and Advanced Reactors to promote clean growth and get the latest updates on SMRs/ARs versatile applications.

This event will be structured to take a comprehensive look at each of the applications in separately structured sessions, with the goal of bringing together a variety of stakeholders to examine each issue. The dialogue will be about the “why” and the “how” of these applications, so that conference attendees will gain a greater appreciation of the deployment strategies to be employed for each application, with a results-oriented focus.

Programme Agenda

Day 1 | Tuesday, 29th October 2019
08:00 Registration & Morning Coffee / Breakfast
09:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address
Paul Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Energy & Infrastructure Consulting, LLC
09:15 Opening Address
Assessment of Global Market for SMRs/ARs           
Clean Energy Dynamics & Population Growth
10:30 Networking Morning Coffee / Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Challenges for SMR/AR Deployments (FOAK, regulatory, IAEA Milestones, etc.)
12:45 Networking Lunch [Guest Speaker from newcomer country interested in SMRs]
02:00 Application: Baseload / Grid Power          
Application: Remote Communities
03:30 Networking Afternoon Tea/ Exhibition Viewing
04:00 Application: Mining
Application: District Heating
06:00 Networking Evening Drinks Reception
Day 2 | Wednesday, 30th October 2019
08:00 Morning Coffee / Breakfast
09:00 Chairman’s Address
09:15 How do SMRs/ARs create new financing opportunities?
The economic benefits of flexible energy production by small modular reactors
  • Economic feasibility of load-following energy production by small modular reactors
  • Economic feasibility of integrating battery energy storage system and hydrogen production
  • Commercial feasibility through integrated energy system planning
  • Case studies for KLT-405 and HTR-PM
  • Future prospects of SMRs through economies of repeat project implementation
Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
10:30 Networking Morning Coffee / Exhibition Viewing
10:45 Water Scarcity Challenges
Application: Desalination
12:45 Networking Lunch [Guest Speaker from newcomer country interested in SMRs]
02:00 Application: Hydrogen Economy
Application: "Inside the Fence" Operations (critical infrastructure, data centers, etc.)
03:30 Networking Afternoon/ Exhibition Viewing
04:00 Application: Civilian Naval Propulsion / Wrap-up Session
05:00 Close of Forum

About the Speakers:

  Dr Victor Nian, Senior Researcher Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Victor Nian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), National University of Singapore (NUS). Victor holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management of Technology, all from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Victor has more than 10 years’ experience in nuclear policy research covering almost all aspects of peaceful and strategic use of atomic energy with a particular focus on technology and industrial developments. Victor’s other policy research covers almost all industrial and economic sectors with a focus on technology assessment. Victor has developed an integrated systems analysis tool which is used as the key reference methodology for the Energy Storage System Testbed project commissioned by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Victor established a UNi-LAB on Integrated Systems Analysis Tools in partnership of academic and research organizations from eight countries under the “Research & Innovation without Borders” initiative of Applied Energy Journal and served as the Executive Director since 2018. Victor is also an advocate on the humanisation of artificial intelligence for strategic economic and industrial sectors.

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