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Electric Grid Considerations for SMR Site Selection in Sask. @ USask,Canada
Investigated SMR dynamic performance
Development and Validation of iPWR model
Planning, execution and disseminating research
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.
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.
We have presented results of our research work at three international conferences so far. We have also submitted three manuscripts for review and subsequent publication in the peer-reviewed research journals.
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