BWR Hub & Network 2nd Annual Conference, February 12th-14th

The second BWR Hub and Network Conference was held at Reichel Hall at Bangor University on February 12th-14th 2018. The conference was organised by the BWR Hub with support from Bangor University, Imperial College London, Welsh Government and Hitachi-GE.


Over 60 delegates attended the conference with a mix of participants from UK Industry, Universities and Government making the meeting a great success. The first day of the conference was an opportunity to hear about some of the great research work the BWR Hub had been funding over the past 12 months with talks from Bangor University and Imperial College London. The later afternoon session was a ‘History of Nuclear’ section with presentations from Bangor History Department and a talk titled ‘Recollections of the UK’s very own Boiling Water Reactor’ which was a very interesting talk on the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor at Winfrith.

The second day began with an update on the Research Needs of BWRs from Hitachi-GE’s Chief Engineer and an update on Hitachi-GE – UK collaboration. This was accompanied by updates from three internship students, who gave a fantastic insight into the fantastic experience of working in Japan over the summer months. The afternoon session included an interesting discussion on the proposed UK Thermal Hydraulics Facility, with Fraser Nash providing an update on their work package titled Project FORTE.


The conference dinner on Tuesday evening began with a drinks reception in the Shankland Library of Bangor University, where Professor Sian Hope gave a brief history of the University and was followed by dinner in Powys Hall.


Wednesday morning saw the end of the conference with an update from Horizon Nuclear Power on the next steps of the Wylfa Newydd following the news that the project passed Generic Design Assessment (GDA) in December. There was also an update on the work that Horizon have been doing in the local area including the very successful apprenticeship scheme.

Copies of all the presentation from the conference can be found below: