University of Manchester

The Client: University of Manchester

What the work was for:

The Department of Energy and Climate Change commissioned a major tranche of work from the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, examining a wide range of nuclear futures both in terms of generation  capacity and in the nuclear generation systems employed.  There remained a need for a transparent method of assessing this work to show the challenges and benefits associated with different reactors and fuel cycle systems and their fit with UK energy futures.  IDM devised a methodology called Generic Feasibility Assessment and are working with Dalton Nuclear Institute and NNL to further refine and extend the concept.

Who was it for:

The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute working with NNL

Who worked on it:

Grace McGlynn and Gregg Butler with Steve Robinson facilitating workshops on GFA

"Any assessment of reactor technology must consider all the associated fuel cycle implications. We have a modelling tool (ORION) within NNL that can look at scenarios and highlight key implications such as uranium and plutonium requirements and impact on a future repository. The Generic Feasibility Assessment builds on this approach by comparing particular technologies or scenarios with a reference case and indicating the benefits and drawbacks.  NNL are pleased to be collaborating with IDM on developing this strategically important capability as we plan for the UK's energy future."   Fiona Rayment, Director Fuel Cycle Solutions, NNL

The GFA process provides a useful and visual approach to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with deploying new nuclear technology.”

Professor Andrew Sherry, Director of The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute

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