Tractebel Vision for Small Modular Reactors.

Hosted by the Australian Nuclear Association.

Speaker: Anicet TOURÉ, Product Manager SMR & Advanced Nuclear Technologies, TRACTEBEL Nuclear Business Line

Webinar 5 pm Sydney time, Wednesday 21 April 2021.

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Anicet Touré


Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are receiving growing attention. The USA, Canada, UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia and China have expressed a clear willingness to shape their future with SMRs. We may well be witnessing the rise of nuclear technology 2.0. Could SMRs be suitable for introducing nuclear power into Australia?

According to IEA 2018’s numbers, out of more than 116,000 TWh of total final energy consumption, electricity constitutes only 20%. In fact, the energy transition must be about decarbonizing the whole economy, i.e. electricity, heat and transport and this is where Small Modular Reactors step in.

SMRs are not a single product; they are a business model that is an enabler of a transition to zero-carbon:
• through load-balancing capabilities that foster penetration of intermittent renewables;
• through better size compatibility with market demand for electricity generation,
district heating, water desalination and delivery of process heat; and
• through nuclear-based hydrogen production.

Tractebel has accumulated more than half a century of nuclear experience, first as the architect engineer of the Belgian nuclear fleet, later as a respected engineering company involved in complex nuclear projects over the world.

For the last 3 years, Tractebel has been deep-diving the promises of SMRs, investing thousands of engineering hours in technical due diligence and market studies. This presentation will describe the Tractebel vision for SMRs and the role that Tractebel could play in that future.

About Anicet Touré

Anicet Touré is a passionate engineer, with a master degree in nuclear engineering, driven by creating solutions to decarbonize the whole economy. He has 5 years of experience as a technical integrator on the Belgian nuclear LTO program and on new design assessment. As Product Manager for SMRs, he is now coordinating SMR-related innovation and international projects, as well business development activities. Anicet acts as a representative for Tractebel within SMR international working groups such as European Utility Requirements (EUR) Organisation, IAEA and Foratom.