The HTR 2018 conference took place in Warsaw (Poland) from 10-12 October. Since 2002, the International Conferences on High Temperature Reactor Technology have aimed to accelerate R&D on High-Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) and heat application technologies.
After Weihai (2014) and Las Vegas (2016), the 2018 edition was the opportunity to draw a link with the Polish Nuclear Programme and European initiatives, such as Gemini+. As a EU funded project (part of the H2020 Euratom Programme), Gemini + aims to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of nuclear high temperature cogeneration. A demonstration in Poland is expected to apply the project’s results.
High-level keynote speakers such as W.D. Mackwood (NEA/OECD), M. Goff (White House Advisor), R. Arnold (BEIS/UK) and Polish Energy Minister, J. Sobolewski, attended the conference and shared their impressions on the last developments of HTGR worldwide.
This year’s edition hosted over 200 participants coming from more than 20 different countries. Non-European delegates from Australia, China, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea, South Africa and USA attended the event. The participation of Asian stakeholders (+50%), Chinese in particular, was quite impressive. Nevertheless, it remained consistent with the fact that China is now the world’s largest nuclear market.
186 abstracts and 140 papers have been submitted enabling attendees to obtain the latest results and get insight on new orientations and perspectives.
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