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Work Diversity and Inclusion

Over the years, the industry has taken deliberate actions to build a healthy, collaborative workplace and a supportive culture for employees. Through different initiatives, we continue to raise awareness and provide tools to employees and managers to support mental health, reduce stigma and resolve conflicts in the workplace. More effort is required to create an even safer and more open work environment – one that is inclusive, and free from harassment and discrimination – where all employees are comfortable proposing news ideas and raising issues without fear of reprisal. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to nuclear safety culture and critical to spurring innovation and team collaboration. It is important that we create a safe and inclusive work environment where employees feel free to voice their opinions and can contribute to organizational priorities. All voices are important to the conversation on nuclear safety and security. The Work Diversity and Inclusion panel will outlines ongoing and new commitments to leverage diversity and to make progress in creating a safe, inclusive workplace.

Robust Fuel Development

The development of Robust or Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) has become an international area of interest and effort in the last few years. Conceptually ATF would provide leap-ahead improvement in Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel safety during beyond design basis accidents and commercial benefit to nuclear utilities. Accelerated by the severe accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, a variety of research, development and commercial analysis of ATF is presently underway globally. The insertion of ATF lead test rods (LTR) into a commercial PWR has been underway since 2019.

This panel will present and discuss the state-of-art knowledge of ATF from the point of view of industry, government, non-profit research agencies, and academic representatives currently leading global ATF development. The significant challenges in development and implementation of ATF, such as large scale ATF fabrication, acceptance by nuclear utilities, the role of government and inter-government agencies in ATF research oversight, and the engineering and scientific challenges to develop ATF will be presented. The goal of this panel is to communicate the current understanding of the commercial and technical challenges faced in ATF development.

Combining Energy Systems with Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency Sponsored by Idaho National Lab

Many forms of power generation supply our electrical grid. This panel presents how we have arrived at the current state, current efforts to improve it, and a view of things to come.