Analysis of Main Areas of Interests and Key Indicators as a Base for Comparative Evaluation of Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Energy Options for Small Countries – N. Zaharieva, P. Groudev, A. Chaushevski, N. Popov

Paper presents analysis of main areas of interest and key indicators that can be used as a base for a comparative evaluation of nuclear to non-nuclear energy options in small countries. Considerations address mainly small countries without nuclear power that are interested in nuclear energy as an option for the future energy generation mix system development, as well as small countries, users of nuclear technology.

The performed analysis is based on the methodology developed in the frame of International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) Collaborative Project of InternationalAtomic EnergyAgency “Key Indicators for Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems (KIND)”. The INPRO KIND methodology allows innovative nuclear systems, evolutionary nuclear
systems and non-nuclear energy options to be compared.

Specific key indicators (KIs) have been considered on the base of the recommended as useful for this case, taking into account the comprised by INPRO main areas of interest – economic, infrastructure, etc. The analyzed key indicators are foreseen to be a base for future comparative evaluation of nuclear and non-nuclear energy options, taking into consideration country specifics.

Keywords: INPRO KIND methodology, key indicators, nuclear energy system, non-nuclear energy option.