Track 1: Modularization and Advanced Manufacturing
The fundamentally different approach to manufacturing Small Modular Reactors / Advanced Reactors will challenge both nuclear suppliers as well as regulators. In order for new nuclear reactors to scale at the pace necessary, improvements in construction approaches and techniques – many of which are already used in in other industries – will be needed.
Track 2: Code Development and Harmonization
The rapid deployment of advanced reactors will require a change towards the international standardization of reactor designs and the harmonization of approaches to licensing, codes, and standards.
Track 3: Reactor Technologies
A wide variety of advanced reactor designs are being developed globally. Advanced reactors have simpler designs, are inherently and/or passively safe, and have an overall reduced timeline to construct and reduced construction and operating costs. Panel session discussions will focus on the various technologies, their progress and success, timing for deployment, areas/industry uses, as well as any challenges they are encountering.
Track 4: Voice of the Customer
Nuclear Power: It’s not just for electricity anymore. Learn how advanced nuclear reactors fit into the de-carbonization strategies for the non-energy sectors. See how co-generation for industry, naval propulsion and other technologies can benefit from future deployments of small modular reactors.
Track 5: Early Career Engagement
The purpose of this track is to encourage the participation of students and early career engineers in CARD conference. Various aspects of the advances in nuclear and deployment will be presented. This program promotes the interaction of students and early career engineers with experienced nuclear professionals and to help them establish mentoring and networking links.
Track 6: Regulatory Modernization
Regulatory modernization is enabling deployment of new reactors in a safe and predictable manner. Continued dialogue among policy makers, industry, regulators, and research institutions is necessary to sustain progress at the desired scale to meet net-zero goals