Modelling Nuclear Energy Systems with MESSAGE: A User's Guide

IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-5.2

Subject Classification: 0701-Nuclear power planning and economics

English STI/PUB/1718; (ISBN:978-92-0-109715-6); 126 pp.; 110 figures; € 39.00; Date Published: 2016

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Assessing nuclear energy transition scenarios requires appropriate modelling tools. The IAEA tool, Model for Energy Supply System Alternatives and their General Environmental Impacts (MESSAGE), is described in this publication. The tool simulates the development of a complete energy system and provides a convenient platform for modelling and analysing nuclear energy systems (NESs), as it can efficiently model nuclear technologies with their specific features. Among other things, the tool can help produce a description of an entire NES with time dependent parameters for long-term planning; confirm the feasibility of a NES through correlation and consistency of all NES components, taking into account all constraints and boundary conditions imposed on the system; and balance fissile material in a closed fuel cycle and determine fuel cycle requirements. In addition, it assists the user in the choice of alternatives by comparison of different options relating to fuel requirements and volume and toxicity of waste. The publication provides a detailed guidance on how to build mathematical models representing complex nuclear energy systems within the framework of the MESSAGE tool.

IAEA Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Planning and Economics, Mathematical Models, Power Resources, Energy Policy, System Analysis, Nuclear Power Reactors, MESSAGE Tool, Transition, Nuclear Energy Systems, NES, Fissile Material, Fuel Cycles, Thermal Reactors, Light Water Reactors, LWRs, Heavy Water Reactors, HWRs, Waste Management, Proliferation Resistance, Physical Protection, Sustainability, Uranium Oxide, UOX, Mixed Oxide

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