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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

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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

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Summary of Report on: "Guidelines and Prioritisation for Nuclear Cogeneration System Integration"

The ARCHER Subproject 1 on System Integration of Nuclear Cogeneration (SP1) had the objective to identify and solve those issues that come up when a multitude of different systems and components are combined to deliver the safe, reliable and economic heat and power that the customer needs. For that purpose, the Subproject has established a design schematic of a nuclear plant connected to industrial processes. Sufficient detail was elaborated to allow for a performance assessment of the overall system, including a gap and SWOT analysis.

One of the salient results of this exercise is the deliverable "Guidelines and Prioritisation for Nuclear Cogeneration System Integration", a summary report produced in close cooperation between JRC, NRG, TÜV Rheinland, Empresarios Agrupados, Westinghouse Electric Germany and Manchester University.

The report describes the rationale, status-quo and a SWOT analysis of nuclear cogeneration with High Temperature Reactors. It then discusses the main design options for High Temperature Reactors as the heat source. Finally, it outlines generic R&D, pathways towards Demonstration and Deployment in the medium term, and it addresses avenues for longer term opportunities and Infrastructure requirements to maximise the benefit from this technology from an economy and energy policy point of view (e.g. in terms of energy security, climate change mitigation, re-industrialisation).

The main findings of this report are included as a section of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) and in the recent update on Gen IV systems (Progress in Nuclear Energy 77, 2014). Several of the suggested orientations had been integrated also in the TWINS project proposal submitted in September 2014 to the first Horizon 2020 call.

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