New nuclear perspectives in the energy supply crisis and climate emergency
Founded in 1993, GLOBAL is the largest international forum dedicated to the nuclear fuel cycle.
The current energy supply crisis is reprioritizing energy projects and accelerating plans for nuclear power development. Furthermore, it requires creating resilient nuclear energy systems for which the fuel cycle industry has a central role. As recently confirmed by the latest IPCC* report rapid nuclear development is key to address the climate net zero emergency.
This is the time to review the necessity to strengthen the security of supplies, to optimize the use of natural resources, to minimize the environmental impact in a sustainable manner and move towards a circular economy.
GLOBAL 2022 taking place in Reims France during 3 days will provide an outstanding forum for high-level experts and stakeholders from around the world, to share strategic developments, recent technological advances, new markets – including new type of reactors’ needs – and applications that lead to enhance the positioning of nuclear power as well as its public support. The complete view of the nuclear fuel cycle and its evolution, from mining to recycling up to final disposal of waste will be discussed to shed light on the future of nuclear power.
*Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Guillaume Dureau, Conference Chair
Cécile Evans & François Sudreau, Program Chairs
1 • Nuclear energy outlook and prospects, and associated fuel cycle perspectives
1a • Nuclear energy outlook (including SMR) | 1b • Nuclear energy and energy market dynamics | 1c • New applications of nuclear energy | 1d • Natural resources | 1e • Nuclear system sustainability (including life cycle assessment) | 1f • Front-end markets: updates and prospects
2 • Fuel cycle options including technical-economical evaluations
2a • Industrial practices in water-cooled reactors | 2b • Advanced fuel cycle options for thermal neutron reactor systems (both large scale and small modular reactors) | 2c • Open cycle options | 2d • Recycling options | 2e • Generation IV nuclear systems (both large scale and small modular reactors) : e.g. FNR, MSR, Th cycles,… | 2f • Partitioning and transmutation, and isotopes valorisation
3 • Nuclear fuel cycle front-end
3a • Uranium exploration | 3b • Uranium mining | 3c • Uranium ore processing | 3d • Uranium conversion and enrichment | 3e • Nuclear fuel design and fabrication : includes innovations, ATF | 3f • Advances in processes and technologies : ATF… | 3g • Front-end Transports | 3h • Valorisation, reuse of materials (depleted U…)
4 • Spent/Used fuel storage & transportation
4a • SF storage exiting technologies and innovation to account for long term storage | 4b • extension of storage period of existing system: ageing management, relicensing… | 4c • Long term behaviour of SF under storage, SF integrity under storage conditions | 4d • Storage system durability and transportability (including regulatory constraints) | 4e • Centralized storage | 4f • Transportation of SF: technologies and system to implement
5 • Spent.Used fuel Fuel recycling
5a • LWR used fuel processing | 5b • Mixed oxide fuel manufacturing and reprocessing ( MOX, Remix, MOX2) | 5c • Fast neutron reactor fuel manufacturing and reprocessing (MOX, metal fuel) | 5d • Non oxide fuels recycling: nitride, carbide, molten salt,… | 5e • Industrial plants: updates and new projects | 5f • Partitioning and transmutation: fuels and recycling processes
6 • Waste management
6a • Policies and strategies in radioactive waste management (including valorisation) | 6b • Predisposal steps: waste characterisation, treatment, conditioning, storage (includes vitrified HLW and spent nuclear fuel when declared as waste, ILLW) | 6c • Experience in VLLW and LILW disposal | 6d • Progress in geological disposal project from siting to industrial implementation | 6e • Legacy Waste management
7 • Institutional, international & societal developments and issues
7a • Non-proliferation and safeguards | 7b • Public Support | 7c • Knowledge management | 7d • Legal, financial and insurance frameworks | 7e • international R&D collaboration
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