Nuclear Reactors

The Australian Nuclear Association supports the use of:

  • research reactors as a source of neutrons for research and for production of radioisotopes, and
  • nuclear power plants to produce electricity and heat for industry.

The following documents provide current information on research reactors and power reactors.

Small Modular Reactors – Status and Prospects for Australia– Tony Irwin, Australian Physicist, 56 (6), Jan-Feb 2019, pp 23-26.

Nuclear can solve the Energy Trilemma – Mark Ho and John Harries, Energy Magazine, Sept 2018.

The Nuclear Industry of South Korea – Presentation by Barrie Hill, Robert Parker and Robert Barr on 15 Aug 2018.

Loud and Nuclear – John Harries, Energy Source & Distribution Magazine, March/April 2018, pp 40-41.

Latest Generation Nuclear Reactors…and what’s to come – Mark Ho and David Maddison, Silicon Chip Magazine, March 2018

Nuclear Power in China – Presentation by Ian Hore-Lacy on 21 March 2018

Nuclear Power – some facts – April 2018

The Journey from Gen 3+ to Gen IV – Presentation by Adi Paterson on 22 Nov 2017

Fast Neutron Reactors – Presentation by Mark Ho on 27 April 2017

The UK New Build Programme – status, challenges and lessons learned – Presentation by Ron Cameron on 27 October 2016

AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant – Presentation by Robert Parker, ANA, on 23 June 2016

Time lapse of Sanmen AP1000 site – Sanmen NPS will be the first AP1000 PWR on line.  View this time lapse of construction using PowerPoint 2010 or later in slide view.  The contract for the two Sanmen units was signed in July 2007, construction started in 2009 and both units are scheduled to come on line in 2016.

ANA Information Sheet Spent Nuclear Fuel – March 2015

Small Modular Reactors – Presentation by Dr Adi Paterson, ANSTO, to the Annual Meeting of the Four Societies on 16 Feb 2015

Small Modular Reactors: a guide to new-to-nuclear nations – presentation by Dr Adi Patterson to 14th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC2014), Vancouver, Aug 2014.  Paterson et al. (2014) paper

OPAL Research Reactor – Presentation by David Vittorio, ANSTO, 28 May 2014

Small Modular Reactors – Presentation by Tony Irwin, Engineers Australia, on 1 May 2014

Need for Nuclear Power to Address Climate Change – Paper by Robert Parker, ANA, 14 April 2014

Molten Salt Reactors – Presentation by Mark Ho, ANSTO on 20 March 2014

World Nuclear Energy Developments – Presentation by Ian Hore-Lacy, World Nuclear Association, to ANA2013 Conference, 11 October 2013

Thorium Reactors – Presentation by John Harries, ANA, on 20 Nov 2012

Links to useful websites

ANSTO: information on the 20 MW OPAL Research Reactor at Lucas Heights, NSW, as well as research projects on the use of nuclear technology in industry, materials, environment and health.

World Nuclear News: daily public information on the subject of nuclear power, including background information, expert commentary and links to relevant authoritative sources. The first place to check for authoritative information on nuclear events in the news.

Minerals Council of Australia: information on the Australian uranium mining industry

World Nuclear Association Public Information: authoritative information on a wide range of topics related to the uranium, nuclear power and nuclear fuel cycle around the world.
Some specific pages on the WNA website are:

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