Taking part in the event was Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev, First Deputy Director General Kirill Komarov, as well as Managing Director of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Mohamed Al Hammadi. The President of the Global Energy Association, Sergey Brilev, acted as moderator.
The main aim of the event was a demonstration of the advantages of small modular reactors in providing low-carbon energy for remote regions. Rosatom intends to build its first onshore SMR by 2028 in Yakutia. The basis for the project is the RITM-200N reactor, developed with due account of the experience of using small reactors on Russian vessels of the nuclear icebreaker fleet.
A total of six reactors in the RITM series have been built to date and used on icebreakers of the Project 10510 “Lider” class, the 22220 Arktika icebreaker and the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power station.
“SMRs provide equal energy opportunities for people around the world, even in the most remote corners of it. I believe that the goal to give access to electricity to everyone, especially in a world where almost a billion of people still do not have such access, is a good goal,” Alexey Likhachev said during the event.
“Small modular reactors are one of the breakthrough decisions for the energy of the future. These reactors offer all the advantages of large nuclear power stations: the absence of emissions, and sustainable capacity loads independent of eather conditions. SMRs can also be used at isolated sites not connected to an integrated power grid. And SMRs can be used widely as the energy transition proceeds,” Global Energy Association President Sergey Brilev said.
SMR day was one of the highlights of the Rosatom thematic week entitled “Advanced technology for a sustainable future” and taking place from 17th to 24th January at Expo 2020. The state corporation presented at the exhibition an index of human-centricity as an instrument of staff development in the nuclear power sector. It also held a session devoted to the opportunities for commercial shipping on the Northern Sea Route and the prospects for construction of large nuclear power stations in North America and the Middle East. Another session entitled “Net Zero”, ways to achieve it, experience and approaches” will be held on 21st January. Participants will discuss the challenges of decarbonisation and the outcome of the U.N. Conference on Climate Change COP26.