On 2 December 2019 at the Rosatom Technical Academy the IAEA INPRO Section started a Consultants’ Meeting on Trial Implementation and Review of the Basic Course on Scenario Analysis and Decision Support for Development of Nuclear Energy Systems with Enhanced Sustainability. At the meeting opening, Dr Vladimir Artisiuk, Councilor, Advisor to the Director General of ROSATOM, delivered a welcoming address to the meeting participants representing Armenia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The scientific secretary of the meeting from IAEA – Ms Galina Fesenko presented a basic face to face course programme that includes lectures on nuclear energy system (NES) economic analysis and evaluation, scenario modelling, comparative evaluation and ranking of NES scenario options and developing a roadmap of chosen NES, as well as the draft E-learning to familiarize the participants with the INPRO collaborative projects under “Global scenarios” task and provide an overview of the associated tools.
The Rosatom Technical Academy was given the honor to be a hosting organization for this event owing to its regular training activities helping the newcomer countries to build national competencies in establishing nuclear infrastructure in accordance with the IAEA Milestone Approach. Furthermore, the IAEA INPRO Section gave Rosatom Technical Academy a permission to use and share INPRO tools in the framework of training and with ROSATOM subsidiaries upon official request. Since 2014, Rosatom Tech has applied INPRO Methodology and tools for analyzing NES with small modular reactors. In August 2019, a pilot practical training «Small Modular Reactors as an Option for Harmonization of Energy Mix» dedicated for comparative evaluation of different SMR designs to be deployed in a given region was held at the Russia-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School for Young Professionals using the multi-criteria decision analysis tool for comparative evaluation and ranking of NES options – KIND-ET. In October 2019, as part of the second stage of the Tianwan NPP personnel training, Rosatom Tech developed and delivered a training module “Energy Strategy and Nuclear Energy Planning” with IAEA energy planning tool – MESSAGE. In November 2019, a pilot training course on evaluation of the role of nuclear power in a low-carbon development strategy using the energy planning tool MESSAGE was conducted for specialists from the Republic of Uzbekistan. The training course participants commended the capabilities of the MESSAGE energy model for the Uzbekistan national energy system strategic planning where nuclear energy development is considered jointly with the development of other clean energy sources complementing and synergizing each other.
The young specialists from Rosatom Technical Academy – Mr Mikhail Fedorov and Ms Anastasiia Zherebilova assist lecturers during practical sessions. Mr Fedorov and Ms Zherebilova undertook an annual internship programme at the IAEA INPRO Section and took part in the development of INPRO collaborative projects to support nuclear energy sustainable development in the Member States.
As a result of this Consultants’ Meeting, participants will prepare their comments and suggestions on improving INPRO tools, E-learning module and the Basic Course on Scenario Analysis and Decision Support for Development of Nuclear Energy Systems with Enhanced Sustainability for subsequent use of training materials at the INPRO School, which is planned at the Rosatom Technical Academy in the second quarter of 2020.