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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The 5th High Temperature Reactor Technology conference, hosted in Prague from 18 to 20 October, addresses pragmatic approaches to two of the world’s pressing challenges, climate change and security of low-carbon energy supply. The JRC Institute for Energy (IE) has co-ordinated the technical programme with more than 180 presentations, provided many of the session co-ordinators, and presents its work in this area at the conference exhibition.
The innovative HTR reactor design can potentially provide heat for many industrial processes, for example in the chemical and petrochemical sector, as well as providing electrical energy. One such power plant can not only save CO2 emissions in the order of 1 million tons per year, it can ultimately recycle CO2 to new synthetic hydrocarbons, e.g. for aviation fuel.
Attendees of the conference are experts from industry and research as well as decision makers from utilities, end user industries, nuclear vendors companies and policy makers.
The meeting will provide updates on several ongoing projects worldwide and will address the latest engineering developments including materials and fuel to ensure successful demonstration of using nuclear energy in industrial processes.