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Designing DOE’s NGNP: Don’t Forget High-Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) Experience

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J. K. August

Core, Inc., Arvada, CO

J. J. Hunter

Core, Inc., Greeley, CO

Paper No. ICONE18-29800, pp. 187-199; 13 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE18-29800
From:
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 6
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4934-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) has three goals in its mission: deliver (1) electricity, (2) process steam and heat, and (3) generate hydrogen to support a hydrogen economy. DOE selected the high-temperature, helium-cooled graphite (moderated) reactor (HTGR) technology for its fundamental design. However, the NGNP faces many challenging design, licensing and cost hurdles. With huge risks and its associated expenses, the NGNP — a completely new reactor technology — requires an open-minded understanding, consideration and application of earlier HTGR design features. This paper suggests reconsidering some HTGR features in an updated Generation IV HTGR as a design alternative.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME

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