The 20th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference?PBNC 2016, was held in China National Convention Center, Beijing, China from April 5 to April 9, 2016, at the same time and venue as the China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition (Nuclear Industry China, NIC14).
PBNC is a biennial global academic and industrial forum organized by the Pacific Nuclear Council (PNC) and hosted by nuclear societies and associations of countries and regions around the Pacific Rim, under the auspices of the Pacific Nuclear Council (PNC).
PBNC 2016 in Beijing brought together outstanding nuclear scientists and technical experts, senior industry executives, senior government officials and international energy organization leaders from all across the Pacific Rim and Europe. It is committed to promoting communication and cooperation in nuclear science and technology, discussing challenges facing nuclear technology, highlighting future developments and advancing peaceful use of global nuclear energy.
Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference has been held successfully for 19 times since 1976 with its initial conference held in Hawaii, and the most recent one in Vancouver, Canada. Chinese Nuclear Society has successfully held the conference in 1987 and 2002.
The locations of the Pacific Basin Conferences are: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (1976), Tokyo, Japan (1978), Acapulco, Mexico (1981), Vancouver, Canada (1983), Seoul, Republic of Korea (1985), Beijing, China (1987), San Diego, California, USA (1990), Taipei, China (1992), Sydney, Australia (1994), Kobe, Japan (1996), Banff, Canada (1998), Seoul, Republic of Korea (2000), Shenzhen, China (2002), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (2004), Sydney, Australia (2006), Aomori, Japan (2008), Cancun, Mexico (2010), Busan, Republic of Korea (2012), Vancouver, BC, Canada (2014).
Session – New Progress in Irradiation Industry and Technology
The session was Chaired vy Kenneth Hsiao (CGN Dasheng Electron Accelerator Co Ltd) and session consisted of a series of short introductory presentations followed by a debate. The agenda for the conference can be viewed via this link – Conference Agenda. The participants bios and abstracts appear below:
Kenneth Hsiao – Bio, Topics for Debate
Paul Wynne – Abstract, Bio, Presentation
Zhang Jinrong – Abstract, Bio, Presentation
Dave Brown – Abstract, Bio
Peng Wei, Abstract & Bio, Presentation
Erik Jia – Abstract, Bio,
Evan Xu – Abstract, Bio, Presentation
Wang Rongfu, Abstract, Bio, Presentation
Richard Weins, Abstract, Bio, Presentation
Sunil Sabharwal, Abstract, Bio, Presentation
The debate focused on three issues – industry dynamics, the potential growth in the use of Eb and X-ray technologies and the future for cobalt supply and gamma irradiation.
There was a general consensus that, without the influence of regulatory distortions (which should be resisted), growth in Eb and X-ray would exceed gamma but that gamma had a long-term future as the three technologies remain complementary. A view was expressed that customers remain unwilling to pay a price that would facilitate more rapid expansion of Eb/Xray and all were agreed that the price of cobalt v electricity and cobalt disposal costs could have an impact on the relative growth in the use of a technology. Jingrong Zhang expressed the view that, with increased production of Cobalt in China, he expected the price to be stable. There was a general consensus that the industry should resist ill conceived legislation such as that proposed by the 2015 Appropriations Bill and welcomed the support that the peaceful use of nuclear energy had received in the Communique issued by the recent Nuclear Security Summit.
Chinese Nuclear Society
China National Nuclear Corporation
State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation
China General Nuclear Power Corporation
China Nuclear Engineering Group Corporation
Conducted under the auspices of the Pacific Nuclear Council (PNC)