In the News …
Russian Nuclear Build in Britain
Writing in Nuclear Engineering International magazine, Ian Jackson looks at the advantages of building Russian nuclear power plants in the UK. With cheap finance and advanced technology, could Russia solve Britain’s nuclear energy crisis?
A New Era of Nuclear Energy
Video interview with Ian Jackson discussing the importance of China’s nuclear energy relationship with the UK. Broadcast at the UKTI Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase (London, January 2016) and at the China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition (Beijing, April 2016). China is likely to have the largest number of operating civil nuclear power plants in the world by 2030, and will be a major exporter of advanced nuclear energy technology worldwide.
Powering the Northern Powerhouse
British Chancellor George Osborne has a bold vision to create a Northern Powerhouse that would bring economic prosperity and better balance the UK economy. Proposals call for major investment in transport, science and innovation, plus the devolution of civic powers. This event asked the question: what if energy policy was also devolved – how would we develop a strategy that could power the Northern Powerhouse? Ian Jackson discussed the potential role of nuclear technology within the Northern Powerhouse including the development of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and growing nuclear trade links with China.
University of Manchester Policy Week, November 2015
Nuclear Engineering Summer School
Ian Jackson lectured on nuclear business to senior school students (15 – 18 years old) attending the University of Manchester’s Nuclear Engineering Summer School. The four-day event was organized by the Smallpiece Trust and aimed to introduce students to a range of nuclear engineering issues, help them develop new skills and give them a feel for university life. A special Question Time event gave the students a chance to quiz a panel of academic and industry specialists including Ian Jackson and the Dalton Nuclear Institute’s Scientific Director, Prof Melissa Denecke.
University of Manchester, August 2015
Chinese Nuclear Firms Eye UK Market
Interview with Ian Jackson discussing the development of next-generation nuclear computing and simulation technology for improving nuclear reactor design, reactor safety and reactor operation. In the future every new build nuclear power plant could operate in both the real and virtual worlds. A physical nuclear reactor would be built on site in the host country. And an identical Digital Twin copy of the reactor could be simulated on a supercomputer cluster. The supercomputer will be able to integrate many different kinds of computer models of nuclear reactor systems and bring them together to produce high fidelity predictive simulations of an operating nuclear power plant under any conditions. The simulations would allow accurate and reliable prediction of maintenance required, wear and tear, thermal, mechanical and radiation damage to reactor components, reactor outages and fuel replacement cycles, and the safe management and control of the reactor under any potential accident conditions.
Vietnam Targets Professional Training In Atomic Energy
Vietnamese and British policy-makers, researchers and scientists have discussed ways to build a roadmap to train staff for the atomic energy sector in Viet Nam. Ian Jackson trained senior Vietnamese nuclear officials on the UK’s Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for regulatory safety assessment and licensing of nuclear reactor designs. Ian also presented on the economics of nuclear reactor development, nuclear infrastructure planning needs and the training of nuclear regulators.