NC2I – GEMINI progress

02Jun2018

NC2I – GEMINI progress

NC2I’s achievements in the last few months converge with the ongoing work in the H2020 project GEMINI .

Since 2014 the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Industry Alliance (USA) and the Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative (NC2I) have been joining forces to work with their respective governments to carry out the design and regulatory requirements for the development of the first commercial High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) as part of the GEMINI Initiative. For 36 months, the GEMINI project will support this initiative towards the demonstration of high temperature nuclear cogeneration with a High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) in Poland.

Launched in September 2017, this European Horizon 2020 project funded under the Euratom programme will provide a conceptual design of a high temperature nuclear cogeneration system that supplies process steam to industry, a licensing framework for this system and a business plan for a full-scale demonstration. It will build on the knowledge, experimental data and modelling tools acquired in European R&D projects carried out in the last 18 years, such as RAPHAEL, PUMA, EUROPAIRS, ARCHER and NC2I-R, dedicated to the development of HTGR technology. It also builds on national programmes and inputs of international cooperation, such as the Generation IV international Forum (GIF).

With a nuclear solution that addresses the industrial heat process GEMINI will contribute to the Energy Union and the Strategic Energy Technology Plan objectives:

  • decarbonise Europe
  • ensure safe and efficient use of nuclear energy
  • secure Europe’s energy supply
  • keep industrial jobs in Europe