Day Seven review:

Today’s second session on “Low Carbon Energy Generation Options” heard from five witnesses covering topics such as nuclear power, renewable resources, energy policy, carbon capture and SMART reactor technologies.

Witnesses from the USA, Korea and Australia provided evidence to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

The first witness was Dr Arjun Makhijani, from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in the USA. Dr Makhijani is President of the IEER and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering, specialising in nuclear fusion, from the University of California, Berkeley. He covered on the:

  • Comparison of electricity generation from nuclear and renewable sources
  • Predicted future developments in other low carbon energy technologies.

Representatives from the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute were questioned in the second morning session. Dr Keung Koo Kim and Dr Kyun S. Zee covered advancements in technology, specifically on the SMART Project based at KAERI, including an:

  • Overview of the key technical features of the SMART reactor
  • Estimated timeframe and potential challenges to commercial deployment.

The afternoon session focused on carbon dioxide capture and geological sequestration, with experts from the CO2CRC. Tania Constable and Professor Peter Cook provided the Commission with an:

  • Overview of carbon capture and storage technology – examples of where this is already being implemented
  • Challenges to commercialisation of this technology.

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Friday, October 2, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness lists for Day Three, Topic 4 – Low carbon energy generation options.