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Highlights

30/01/15 The fourth ARCHER Newsletter was released on 30 January 2015. Read online here

21/01/15 The second ARCHER EUROCOURSE, hosted by NRG, was held in Petten from 19-20 January 2015. Click here for more info

26/11/14 The third ARCHER Newsletter was released on 26 November 2014. Read online here

28/10/14 The ARCHER final meeting was held on 21-22 Jan 2015 at NRG in Petten (NL).

27/10/14 The High Temperature Reactor (HTR) Conference was held from 27-31 October 2014 in Weihai, Shandong Province, China. Click here for more info

29/03/14 The second Newsletter was released on 28 March 2014. Read online here


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Objectives

Nuclear power is up-to now mainly restricted to the generation of electricity by LWR. In the future, nuclear energy can also be used for Cogeneration of Heat and Power (CHP). Through utilization of the heat, the overall fuel efficiency of CHP plants can reach around 70- 80% if the power size is adapted to the local heat and electricity demand. The industrial process heat market today is at least of the same size as the electricity market. Worldwide, this market is strongly growing and almost entirely based on combustion of fossil fuels which are increasingly scarce and suspected to induce climate change, causing the risk of unstable supply, unwanted cost fluctuations and political dependencies. Through substitution of fossil energy imports, nuclear CHP can provide a significant contribution towards increased security of energy supply in a CO2-lean Europe.

Advanced reactor systems, such as High-Temperature Reactors (HTR) are required to achieve steam conditions (>600°C), which can compet e with modern conventional power plants. Such plants are used in many industrial CHP applications by burning fossil fuels and producing hot flue gas for energy conversion. In analogy, nuclear heat can be used to operate industrial processes. However, a convincing demonstration of nuclear CHP will be necessary to open the heat market for nuclear energy for further substitution of imported fossil energy carriers and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

This project focuses on generic and cross-cutting V/HTR-related R&D issues and supports European contributions towards international demonstration of HTR and VHTR technology.