Some Hints & Tips
This section will be updated throughout the project, taking into account presentations, workshop feedback and advice from the Spark! Team based on feedback from the 2016 competition.
SMR Technology is novel, cutting edge and undefined. Make sure to do your research but be innovative with your thinking.
But if not SMR, what alternative energy sources exist - nuclear, renewables, fossil fuels?
We only have one planet and the protection of the environment is becoming more and more critical.
Could SMR deployment help preserve the environment?
SMR deployment could local or worldwide - but will the geopolitical circumstances promote or hinder this?
The geopolitical scene can rapidly change; how can we therefore safeguard and plan for the future?
Wonder why we mention interdisciplinary teams? A nuclear project takes all sorts of people: scientists, engineers, lawyers, accountants and more. Consider the legal ramifications, policies and possibilities.
And what about COP21?
Are you for or against nuclear? Are you for or against fossil fuels? What is "SMR"?
Public perception determines government and company actions. It is therefore an important factor to consider.
What is a base load? How is it produced and why is it important?
What about nuclear legislation - do existing laws cover SMR technology, in terms of safety, design, proliferation, other ... ?
How much does an SMR cost? What is the kWh output? Is that good/bad compared with alternative energy sources?
SMRs are a novel, thus far unproven technology. In the spirit of innovation, how could this and other technologies be "innovatively" integrated for the provision of a global energy supply.
SMR deployment is new nuclear - but what about existing energy production? Could these facilities be utilised and/or integrated into the provision of the energy of the future?