October 15, 2020 – Rosatom latest accomplishments and cutting-edge projects were featured at the International conference “Smart energy technology Asia (SETA-2020)” that brought together major players on the global energy on 12-15 October. For the first time in its history, the event was held online and raised a thought-provoking question “How global energy landscape will transform and evolve due to the post-pandemic reality?”
Artem Larionov, marketing expert at Rusatom Overseas, a ROSATOM company, took part in the challenging session “Will We See Glimpses of Nuclear in the Future of Energy?” together with Dr. K.Yamashita from JAIF International Cooperation Center (JICC) of Japan and Dr. Prof. Phongphaeth Pengvanich from Chulalongkorn University of Thailand. The session was moderated by Dr. Thawatchai Onjun, Director of Thailand Institute of Nuclear technology (TINT) and encouraged the participants to look through perspectives of the future of stable, safe and clean energy development in Asian countries and the role of atomic power.
According to Mr. Larionov, along with other green sources of energy, nuclear sector will continue to play a huge role in addressing global issues such as climate change and available energy in future. It’s also expected that more flexible solutions such as small modular reactors will be incorporated into world’s energy system in synergy with other low-carbon and innovative projects.
“SMRs perfectly suit remote areas as well as sites with a limited access to grid infrastructure, and even located in extreme climate zones. This year the first project of this kind; a Floating Nuclear Power Plant “Akademik Lomonosov” was put into operation in the Russian Northernmost city Pevek. This was a great milestone for the entire energy sector. Currently the next generation of FNNPs with RITM series reactor technology is being developed by Rosatom. As for land-based SMR projects, there is a strong intention to implement such project in Russia in a foreseen future”, stated Mr. Larionov.
SETA-2020 helped to identify future challenges and energy needs, as well as discuss possible opportunities to ensure safe and clean energy future for the Asian region. During 4 days there were more than 40 conferences, which attracted more than 2,000 participants from around the world.