Smr Program Brief For 4-12-12 Industry Day V3.Pdf


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April 20, 2012, 10:42 a.m.
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Welcome Small Modular Reactor Program Rebecca Smith-Kevern Director for Light Water Reactor Technologies Office of Nuclear Energy U.S. Department of Energy April 12, 2012 2 Introduction of Speakers Tom Miller •Deputy Director for Light Water Reactor Technologies Tim Beville •SMR Program Manager, Office of Light Water Reactor Technologies Eliot Dye •Contracting Office, DOE Idaho Operations 3 SMR Industry Day Purpose and Goals Purpose •Inform industry on the SMR Program, near and long-term vision –Budget, SMR Program Office, and path forward •Inform potential applicants/teams on the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) –Procurement process and schedule •Provide industry an opportunity to engage DOE representatives in person –Questions and Answers Goals •Assist potential applicants to better judge whether or how they can best satisfy program objectives •Provide pertinent information to potential applicants so they can more effectively respond to the FOA requirements 4 Industry Day Agenda Time Session Lead 8:00 Registration Check-In Light Refreshments 9:00 Welcome, Introductions, and Workshop Purpose Rebecca Smith-Kevern Director for Light Water Reactor Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy 9:10 Nuclear Energy Mission - SMR Program and R&D Overview Tom Miller Deputy Director for Light Water Reactor Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy 9:30 SMR Cost-Shared Industry Partnership FOA – Background, Objectives, Review Criteria and Implementation Information Tim Beville Project Manager, SMR Program, Office of Nuclear Energy 10:00 Break Please submit your written questions 10:15 FOA Overview - Requirements, Selection Process, and Award Administration Information Eliot Dye Contracting Officer, DOE Idaho Operations Office 12:00 Lunch (on your own) Please submit your written questions 1:30 Question and Answer - Responses to Questions Submitted on-line & Industry Day Rebecca Smith-Kevern, Tom Miller, Tim Beville, Eliot Dye. Mike O’Hagan 2:45 Break Light Refreshments 3:00 Path Forward & Schedule Tim Beville 3:15 Closing Remarks; Adjourn Rebecca Smith-Kevern We ask that you please submit questions in writing on the cards provided Industry Day Small Modular Reactor Program Tom Miller Deputy Director, Office of Light Water Reactor Technologies Office of Nuclear Energy U.S. Department of Energy April 12, 2012 6 Why are SMR technologies of interest to DOE and the Government? SMR Benefits •Enhanced safety and security •Reduced capital cost makes nuclear power feasible for more utilities •Shorter construction schedules due to modular construction •Improved quality due to replication in factory-setting •Meets electric demand growth incrementally •Re-establish U.S. technical leadership via international sales •Job creation potential very high Potential Markets •Replacement/repowering aging fossil plants •Air cooling, reduced water usage & site acreage expands potential siting options •Non-electrical (process heat/desalination) customers 7 SMR Licensing Technical Support Program Promote accelerated commercialization of SMR technologies •U.S.-based SMR designs (nominally 300 MWe or less per unit) Support a Cost-Shared Industry Partnership Program •Five-year program, totaling $452M –Minimum 50% industry cost-share –Financial Assistance Awards issued as “Cooperative Agreements” –“First mover” incentive supporting two SMR designs –Open to all LWR and Advanced SMR designs meeting FOA criteria •First-of-a kind engineering, NRC certification and licensing support 8 Advanced SMR R&D Program Advanced SMR R&D program is funded at $28M in FY12 and the FY13 request is $18.5M Advanced SMRs are innovative technologies •Lead-bismuth, sodium, salt, and gas coolants •Improved safety and longer operating cycle •Broader applications – process heat, waste management DOE is seeking greater interaction with U.S. industry on program R&D development •Formed a Technical Review Panel to review advanced reactor concepts and help identify R&D needs •Process will support alignment of DOE’s R&D portfolio with needs of advanced SMR designs DOE is evaluating experimental facilities to support R&D on advanced concepts •Irradiation, passive cooling, flow loops for different coolants, etc. 9 Strategic Vision for SMR Deployment Our long term goal is to enable deployment of a fleet of SMRs, not just 1 or 2 units, to support national goals •Vibrant industry with multiple dedicated SMR factories in the U.S. for domestic needs and exports •Replace 50 GWe capacity (coal plant retirements) with SMR technology in the next decade Using Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to inform long term vision that would evolve through anticipated deployment phases Regulatory First Movers Early Adopters Full-Scale Factory Production Advanced SMRs deployment would follow the near-term SMR deployment path as they mature Σ= 120 GW(e) SMR Coal Plant Replacement 10 Evolution of Public-Private Partnership SMR Phased Deployment Phase 1 Licensing Phase 2 First Mover Phase 3 Early Adopters Phase 4 Full-Scale Factory Production Risk sharing Reward First Movers of Clean Energy Sustain Clean Energy Deployment Encourage Investment SMRs Deployed SMR Industry Day Program Brief Cost-Shared Industry Partnership for SMR Funding Opportunity Announcement Overview Tim Beville, Program Manager SMR Licensing Technical Support Program Office of Light Water Reactor Technologies April 12, 2012 12 SMR Program History and Evolution – A long road to funding Plans first developed for an SMR Program in FY10 as an effort to: •Support certification, licensing and deployment of near-term SMR designs •Support commercialization of advanced designs with longer-term licensing horizons through focused R&D In FY11, SMR Program was unable to get underway during full year continuing resolution (CR) •Program considered a “new start” •Funding allocation ($38 M) was provided to support existing NE programs In FY12, following the CR, NE received full President’s Budget request: •LWR SMR Licensing Technical Support - $67 M •Advanced SMR R&D – $28 M FY12 Conference report directed that the SMR program consider “all” reactor types that can be “deployed expeditiously” We have dropped “LWR” from program name as we move forward 13 SMR Licensing Technical Support Program Specifics Promote the commercial development and deployment of U.S.-based SMR designs at domestic locations as a safe, clean and affordable energy option 5 year/$452 M program – minimum 50% industry cost share •FY13 President’s Budget Request - $65 M •We will carry over most FY12 budget, meaning there will be about $132 M to cost in FY13 Support up to 2 SMR designs/projects, consistent with FY12 budget Events in Japan have prompted additional emphasis on SMR safety We have issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to competitively select awardees for cooperative agreements 14 SMR FOA Overview Solicit applications from teams composed of SMR vendors and utilities or consortia that are willing to be first movers in constructing and operating SMR designs at domestic sites Primary applicants must be U.S. companies per definition in 10CFR 600 Subpart F Does not dictate the structure of the management team, but expects to have a single project integration POC No restriction on SMR technologies, but must have a path forward to meet the deployment goals Applications that provide value back to the public are one of a number of factors that will be considered in the selection process Objective: Select safest, most economical SMR projects that can be deployed in the 2022 timeframe 15 SMR FOA Overview Intent was to avoid being too prescriptive, allowing the teams flexibility in defining their project Allows for either Part 50 or 52 licensing, but requires that the vendor achieve a design certification Allowable scope includes site permitting, design development, engineering and testing, certification and operating license applications and NRC review processes This program does NOT support construction efforts Focus on technical and engineering work supporting certification and licensing DOE wants to support efforts that assure complete and high quality applications are provided to the NRC for their review 16 DOE Program Expectations for Applications The applicant needs to make the determination on how to best use the limited pages allowed (85) Complete responses – if there are questions on how to respond to specific aspects, please ask for clarification Articulating the SMR safety case – this will be an important element of applications Long range plans – we want to know why this is a good investment for the future Address the Value Propositions – tell us what your proposal might bring to the table Be clear about management organization – we need to understand the interface 17 Frequently Asked Questions on the DRAFT SMR FOA Response to draft FOA improved awareness of industry and stakeholder issues and helped smooth the path forward We have issued the Frequently Asked Questions to help articulate DOE positions – a few of the most common are shown below: Why is DOE limiting the selection to 2 designs? •Limited funding, would spread funding too thin if we fund 3 or more projects and reduce potential to accelerate Why doesn’t DOE support a broader mix of SMR designs and downselect after designs are more mature? •Again, limited funding precluded us from spreading funding more broadly •A protracted downselect would further delay progress of first movers 18 Frequently Asked Questions on the DRAFT SMR FOA (cont.) The FOA and design goals appear to favor LWR designs. •There is no intent to favor LWRs, only those designs that can be deployed by 2022 Why doesn’t the FOA focus on other missions besides electricity production (e.g., process heat, desalinization, waste trans.)? •The goal of the program is to improve … Show All