Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


An Overview of Generation IV Reactors and Economics


Dr. T. Jay Harrison


Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Anna Erickson


The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) helps coordinate research and development work on six different advanced reactor technologies. Each of these technologies has performance advantages over the current fleet of light water reactors (LWRs), and each also has technical challenges to overcome before deployment. This presentation gives an overview of the GIF reactors and their advantages and challenges. The presentation also includes a discussion on the methodology for calculating the levelized cost of electricity from a reactor, and it ends with the estimated economic performance of the GIF reactors compared to LWRs.


Dr. T. Jay Harrison is the project manager for ORNL’s work in the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Hybrid Energy System (NHES) program. This goal of this program is to combine nuclear power generation and industrial customers into an integrated system that provides greater economic benefit than independent construction and operation. He is also currently the co-chair of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Economic Modeling Working Group (EMWG). In this role, he acts as the United States representative to this working group. He also acts as the custodian and developer of G4ECONS, a fuel cycle economics analysis computation tool developed by the EMWG. Dr. Harrison’s previous experience includes nuclear criticality safety engineering at Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in Erwin, TN, for more nearly 4 years, and as a nuclear reactor design and analysis engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, PA, for 2 years.


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