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 in the Australian context – Report by Ben Heard, published by the Minerals Council of Australia, 6 Oct 2021

Nuclear Power – a real option – Article by John Harries 10 Nov 2019

Nuscale SMR – On Track for Deployment – Presentation by Tony Irwin on 26 June 2019

Nuclear Power for Space Applications – Presentation by Mark Ho on 17 April 2019.

Climate Change – the Nuclear Solution – Presentation by Robert Parker on 26 March 2019.

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

Nuclear Power – some facts – April 2018

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.

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

Nuclear Now Alliance Australia is a not-for-profit organisation run by a group of Australian scientists and engineers who are passionate about the benefits nuclear power but have no connection to the industry. Good source of information on why nuclear for Australia, Australian law prohibiting nuclear energy and debunking myths about nuclear energy.

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.

Nuclear for Climate (Australia) advocates for nuclear energy to address climate change.

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: