On March 18, a platform for participation in a remote lecture of the international project «NICE Future» was established at Rosatom Technical Academy to participate. Young instructors of the Academy took part in the webinar where high-level representatives of four organizations spoke at the webinar: the US Department of Energy (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan, and the International Energy Agency.
The speakers gave talks about the potential of hydrogen energy, the challenges of its implementation around the world and the current state of technology development worldwide. One of the important topics of discussion was the concept of hydrogen co-generation using the current fleet of nuclear reactors and in advanced designs of Gen-IV reactor facilities, including small modular reactors.
The NICE Future project promotes nuclear power as a clean source of energy, and the web-lecture “Hydrogen: Fuel of the Future?” was the first in a series of NICE Future webinars, which was attended by specialists from the Rosatom Tech. Participation in the webinar allowed confirming the language competencies of young instructors, and the final discussion proved the high interest of next generation of trainers not only in traditional reactor technologies but also in international innovative projects.
The regular participation in NICE Future webinars is scheduled. Interaction with the international platform opens up opportunities for Rosatom Tech to develop joint international initiatives focusing on the promotion of nuclear as backbone carbon-free power source using Academy’s experience in visualization and analysis of large data sets related to worldwide nuclear industry development impact on CO2 emissions, presented at the latest IYNC 2020 in Australia this year.
The international initiative «Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future» (NICE Future) was established at the site of the Ministerial Conference on Clean Energy in May 2018 by three countries: the United States, Canada, and Japan. Later, Russia, the UAE, and the United Kingdom joined the initiative. As part of the initiative, Russia is promoting the Wild Edens project.