Kalpesh Joshi

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Electric Grid Considerations for SMR Site Selection in Sask. @ USask,Canada

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CNS 2019 Presentation (.pdf)

CNS 2019 Paper (.pdf)

My Contribution

Investigated SMR dynamic performance

Development and Validation of iPWR model

Planning, execution and disseminating research

Project - Site Selection for SMR in Saskatchewan, Canada

Aim of the Project:

The aim of the project, being conducted by researchers from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, is to develop expertise in the engineering, geological, geographical, regulatory and economic factors of having a small modular nuclear reactor in a place that has not previously used nuclear power, using Saskatchewan as its case study. Equipping Saskatchewan researchers with the knowledge required to address complex and inter-related technical, regulatory and legal issues is at the heart of a $1.1 million multidisciplinary project funded by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

My Role:

I represent the group working on electric grid considerations for hosting a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) from the University of Saskatchewan in this multi-disciplinary project. My role is to plan, debrief, conduct and present the research progress with the on-campus and off-campus team members. Along with a Ph.D. student, we modeled the Saskatchewan electric grid and two remote feeders in PSS /E and PSS SINCAL for performing steady state and dynamic simulations for various scenarios of hosting an SMR along with the intermittency introduced by the renewable generation. We have developed two models to represent the SMR’ performance in the electric grid - be it in an edge-of-the-grid remote feeder or main interconnected grid. The developed models are validated using the SMR simulator made available by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Project Outcome:

Following two publications are now published and available online:

  1. Published: B. Poudel, K. Joshi and R. Gokaraju, "A Dynamic Model of Small Modular Reactor Based Nuclear Plant for Power System Studies," in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, Nov. 2019, DOI: 10.1109/TEC.2019.2956707, available online here
  2. Published: K. A. Joshi, B. Poudel, R. Gokaraju, “Exploring Synergy among New Generation Technologies: SMR, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation - A Strong Case for Remote Communities”, ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci., published online October, 2019, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045122, available online here
  3. Submitted: K. A. Joshi, B. Poudel, R. Gokaraju, “Investigating Small Modular Reactor's Design Limits for its Flexible Operation with Photovoltaic Generation in Micro-Communities”, Submitted 2020

We have presented results of our research work at three international conferences so far, details as follows:


Multi-disciplinary project

Project Title: Developing a Capacity to Understand Practical and Regulatory Issues of Siting an Advanced Generation Technology in Saskatchewan

Funded by: Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Principal Investigator: Prof. Esam Hussain, University of Regina

Co PI: Prof. Rama Gokaraju, University of Saskatchewan

Research Focus: Electric Grid Considerations of Siting a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) in Saskatchewan

More than 25 researchers

Funded by Fedoruk Centre