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20 - 21 januari, Webinar

Energiforsk Annual Nuclear Conference 2021 on Small Modular Reactors

Illustration: Third Way

Small modular reactors have gained increased attention in the last years. Tangible plans are underway in several countries for example Russia, US, China, Estonia, United Kingdom and Poland.

Small modular reactors - Enabling the technology

Compared to new-build of large-scale nuclear production, small modular reactors provide opportunities for lower capital cost and a wider application scope. Possible applications, apart from electricity, ranges from heat for industrial processes and hydrogen production to district heating. Such reactors may thus constitute a flexible system solution for a decarbonized energy system – including electricity, heat and transport. The addition of firm capacity with a high degree of flexibility may also support the integration of weather dependent electricity production.

At the 2021 Energiforsk nuclear power conference, Nordic and international speakers gave insights on current development within the field of small modular reactors. What could be the role of small modular reactors in the future energy system? What are the economical and technical benefits? What is needed to enhance the development?

Slides and videos are published for the majority of the presentations, links are found in the program below.


Day 1: Wednesday Jan 20 – Global Outlook


Virtual venue opens



Welcome address
Moderator Markus Wråke, Energiforsk and
Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive Vice President Vattenfall Generation

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Opening keynote:SMR development in China
Mr. Lei Zengguang, Chief Engineer, China National Nuclear Corporation

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Opening keynote: Enabling Small Nuclear: A Pan-Canadian Approach  to SMRs
Dr. Gina Strati, Head of Directorate of Advanced Reactors (acting), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

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Technology Potential



R&D at CEA on PW-SMR
Eric Hanus, Project Manager on LW-SMR, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)

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Non-electical applications, costs and business models
Eric Ingersoll, Lucid Catalyst

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Enabling the technology




Common Positions from the SMR Regulators Forum
Anna Bradford, Director Division of New and Renewed Licenses, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Chair IAEA SMR Regulator’s Forum

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Vendor example



NuScale Power Overview
Dom Claudio, Director of Sales, NuScale

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Concluding remarks
Carl Berglöf, Swedenergy - Energiföretagen Sverige


End of Day 1


Day 2: Wednesday Jan 21 – Nordic opportunities


Virtual venue opens


Welcome address
Monika Adsten, Energiforsk and moderator Merja Pukari, Vattenfall

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Technology Potential



District heating reactors and the development at VTT
Ville Tulkki, research team leader, VTT

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DHR - A clean district heating station
Prof. Liu Xingmin/Ke Guotu, China Institute of Atomic Energy (operator of CNNC Nordic R&D Centre)

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Enabling the technology




Opportunities of SMRs and challenges for licensing
Liisa Heikinheimo, Deputy Director General, Energy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

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Potential of SMR technology as part of future power and heat production mix
Olli Kymäläinen, Head of Newbuild and Upgrades services, Fortum

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Vendor example


Rosatom SMR technology for the market
Elena Pashina, Marketing director, Rusatom Overseas

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Announcement of the Swedish Nuclear Society Honorary Award 2021


Marcus Eriksson, President, Swedish Nuclear Society


Concluding remark, Marcus Eriksson, Vattenfall


End of conference


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