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Research and Development in support of the GEMINI Initiative

Objective

GEMINI+ project proposal will be submitted to the European Commission addressing the 2016 Euratom call for proposals (deadline October 5th, 2016).
GEMINI+ project will provide a conceptual design for a high temperature nuclear cogeneration system for supply of process steam to industry, a framework for the licensing of such system and a business plan for a full scale demonstration .
It will rely on modular High Temperature Gas cooled Reactor (HTGR) technology, which is a mature technology with several industrial prototypes that have been constructed and operated in the world. Therefore the time scale for the industrial deployment of such nuclear cogeneration systems is the decade. With available materials and technology, such a system can provide steam to industrial steam distribution networks presently operating on industrial sites up to 550˚C, simply substituting to fossil fuel fired cogeneration plants, without any need for adaptation of the steam distribution infrastructure or of the industrial applications. In the longer term, HTGR technology can be further developed to provide higher temperature process heat.
Based on its huge thermal inertia, its refractory fuel and core structural materials, on the use of helium, which is chemically inert, as coolant, and of a specific design limited to a few hundred Megawatts, modular HTGRs have a unique intrinsic safety concept preventing in any circumstances significant degradation of the nuclear fuel and consecutive radioactive releases, with no need of any human intervention.
Beyond industrial cogeneration, the flexibility, robustness and simple design of modular HTGR will allow extending application of the system developed by GEMINI+ to small isolated electric grids, to electric grids with increasing proportion of intermittent renewables, to new nuclear countries, etc.
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Coordinator

NARODOWE CENTRUM BADAN JADROWYCH

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Ulica Andrzeja Soltana 7
05 400 Otwock

Poland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 212 750

Participants (26)

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WOOD NUCLEAR LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 211 785

AREVA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 17 296,20

BRINKMANN GERD FRIEDRICH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 482 187,50

CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 103 375

EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 268 200

ENERGOPROJEKT-WARSZAWA SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 122 387,50

Fortum Power and Heat Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 77 825

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

France

EU Contribution

€ 87 486

JAPAN ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY

Japan

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 221 205,88

LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 28 167,50

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 580 078,63

NGNP INDUSTRY ALLIANCE LIMITED

United States

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 168 500

PROCHEM SA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 97 600

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 224 500

TUV RHEINLAND INDUSTRIE SERVICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 182 755

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 69 617,50

ULTRA SAFE NUCLEAR CORPORATION EUROPE

France

EU Contribution

€ 176 125

KOREA ATOMIC ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

South Korea

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 104 983,63

KUIJPER JAMES CRISTIAN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 158 200

Baaten Energy Consulting

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 52 000

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 81 217,36

TAURON POLSKA ENERGIA SA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 120 875

FRAMATOME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 111 463,80

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 755478

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-Euratom-1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 409 974,55

  • EU contribution

    € 3 960 581,50

Coordinated by:

NARODOWE CENTRUM BADAN JADROWYCH

Poland