30 OCTOBER – PUBLIC SESSIONS – TOPIC 4

Day 17 review:

The design and structure of the PRISM reactor was covered in detail during today’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission evidence.

Dr Eric Loewen, from GE Hitachi, provided the Commission with an overview of how the design of the small modular reactor has progressed in the USA and how the technology may be used in other nations.

Dr Loewen is the Chief Consulting Engineer at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), where his current work is focused on development of GEH’s PRISM reactor, a small modular reactor designed to recycle spent nuclear fuel. He served as President of the American Nuclear Society from June 2011 to June 2012. He obtained his Masters in Nuclear Engineering and PhD in Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also spoke on:

  • Technical overview of the PRISM reactor design
  • Key features of GE Hitachi’s Advanced Recycling Centre design
  • Estimated timeframes and potential challenges to commercial deployment.

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

The next public session is on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness lists for these sessions – which cover Topic 4 and Topic 12.