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Effective planning is the key to energy sustainability in the future

Over 50 specialists from 23 countries took part in a week-long training on the Development a National Energy System with Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to Support Inter Alia Decarbonization Strategies for the Energy Sector, using the IAEA INPRO Tools (ASENES).

The purpose of the training programme was to familiarize the participants with approaches to nuclear energy systems planning, modelling and comparison of nuclear energy systems including SMRs based on system analysis tools.

Experts from the Institute of Energy Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences Tatyana Pankrushina and Andrey Khorshev spoke about the role of nuclear energy the context of decarbonization strategies, and gave the overview of the Model for Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impact (MESSAGE). Galina Fesenko, IAEA INPRO expert, introduced the participants to the economic analysis of nuclear energy systems, and with real cases showed the work of the IAEA INPRO methods and tools for modelling and analysis of nuclear energy systems.

The event was also attended by the IAEA experts. Alexander Bychkov spoke about the Agency's support for new nuclear programm, energy planning and INPRO advisory service. Vladimir Artisyuk introduced the participants to the general overview of the SMRs technologies and status of the IAEA activities in SMR development.

"The nuclear industry is at the forefront in developing innovative solutions, such as modular reactors, which will be very useful for developing economies in the nearest future" – said Vladimir Artisyuk.

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The International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) is a membership-based project that supports its members on their long-term planning and collaboration on innovations in reactors, fuel cycles and institutional approaches that will promote the sustainable development of nuclear energy.

The IAEA provides assistance to Member States in the development of innovative nuclear power systems in relation to the entire range of technical issues. It encourages international cooperation in the field of sustainability and innovation in nuclear energy on a global scale, provides assistance to countries in the process of strategic long-term planning in nuclear energy, and creates cooperation mechanisms that contribute to technological progress in the field of advanced reactors and the safe use of nuclear energy not only for electricity generation, but also for non-electric applications.