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|08 Dec 2021 | IRSN |||IRSN will coordinate a reply to EURATOM’s 2021-2022 call for applications in radiation protection research
IRSN will coordinate a reply to EURATOM’s 2021-2022 call for applications recently published by the European Commission, regarding the creation of a partnership for radiation protection research.
|11 Oct 2021 | GRS |||FENNECS: Simulating the neutron-physical behaviour of complex reactor cores
Researchers worldwide are working on small modular reactors (SMR) and microreactors (very small modular reactor, vSMR). Many of these new reactor concepts are being developed for specific applications and have special core geometries. In order to be able to simulate the neutron-physical behaviour of these cores, GRS is developing the simulation code FENNECS (Finite ElemeNt NEutroniCS).
|11 Oct 2021 | JSI |||The 30th International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe (NENE2021) successfully completed
The jubilee 30th NENE2021 conference was attended by record 236 participants from 22 countries. Varied conference program was accompanied by the ENEN & OECD-NEA Workshop regarding nuclear education and training and the ENEN Ph.D. Event competition.
|11 Oct 2021 | SURO |||National Radiation Protection Institute as the youngest member of ETSON
The National Radiation Protection Institute - SÚRO v.v.i. - became the youngest member of ETSON from January 1, 2021. It replaced the Research Centre Řež (CV Rez), which had been the TSO in the Czech Republic since 2011.
|11 Oct 2021 | GRS |||Catastrophic events: Influence of the organisation on safety of nuclear power plants
To ensure the safe operation of technical installations such as nuclear power plants (NPPs), it is important to continuously identify and analyse possible risk factors. In addition to technical safety, the so-called human factor, i.e. human influence and contribution, is of crucial importance for the safe operation of installations. Human-organisational aspects are therefore an aspect of safety research that should not be underestimated. In a recent study, GRS scientists have identified organisational factors that can have a negative influence on plant safety. These are specific characteristics that affect the structure of the organisation (organisational structure), the organisation of activities and processes (process organisation), and the corporate culture.
|11 Oct 2021 | JSI |||Nuclear-driven production of renewable fuel additives from waste organics
Enhanced solketal and acetol production was demonstrated in selected aqueous glycerol-acetone mixtures with γ radiation. This radiation process constitutes the first-reported, radiation-induced chemical process for solketal, and provides a notable example of the potential for unexplored renewable processes that can be realized using ionizing radiation - especially considering waste spent fuel pools as a source of catalytic energy.
|11 Oct 2021 | SURO |||Award of the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic for Extraordinary Results in the Field of Security Research for 2021
The Award of the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic for Extraordinary Results in the Field of Security Research, Experimental Development and Innovation for year 2021 was won by a team from National Radiation Protection Institute (SÚRO) and from NUVIA Czech Republic. The award was handed over on 30 September 2021 at the headquarters of SÚRO.
|11 Oct 2021 | GRS |||One in 10 quadrillion: Determining radioactive waste even more accurately and efficiently with accelerator mass spectrometry
The mineral graphite is used in some types of reactors and can be activated by neutron radiation, i.e. converted into radioactive isotopes. In order to select a suitable disposal option, the graphite must be thoroughly examined radiologically. However, many measuring methods are relatively costly and in turn produce new radioactive waste themselves. A team of researchers from GRS and the University of Cologne is therefore developing a method with which reactor graphite can be characterised quickly and reliably.
|11 Oct 2021 | SURO |||Interactive e-learning for radiation protection
Today, in the COVID era, there is a rise of an online distance learning/teaching. Often, it was the only way how to provide education or training. Our institute - The National Radiation Protection Institute of The Czech Republic (SÚRO) - was also forced to adapt distance teaching tools.
|11 Oct 2021 | GRS |||Of fractures and concepts – current research on crystalline rock as a host rock for a repository
Since the search for a repository site was restarted, crystalline rock, such as that found in Bavaria or Saxony, has also been considered as a host rock for a repository for high-level radioactive waste. Currently, experts from the GRS Repository Research Centre are working on several research projects to deepen the understanding of fundamental properties of the host rock and to develop concepts for assessing the safety of a repository in crystalline rock – in their own laboratory tests, in cooperation with foreign research partners, and as part of experiments carried out in the Swiss underground laboratory at Grimsel.
|28 Sep 2021 | ETSON |||ETSON and IAEA cooperate to strengthen capabilities of Technical and Scientific Support Organisations worldwide
On the occasion of the 65th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), representatives of the IAEA and the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON) agreed to continue their close cooperation. In line with the Practical Arrangements signed on September 21, ETSON commits itself to further develop a tool allowing for the self-assessment of Technical and Scientific Support Organisations (TSO) and to support the organization of the upcoming IAEA International TSO Conference.
|22 Sep 2021 | Vuje |||VUJE supplies monitoring system to Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant
At the end of 2020, VUJE concluded a contract for the supply of the Hydraulic Shock Absorber Monitoring System (HSAMS) in connection with the construction of Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant.
|22 Sep 2021 | SSTC NRS |||Chornobyl NPP Received a License to Operate Confinement and Shelter System
Ukraine took another step towards ensuring nuclear and radiation safety and overcoming consequences of the Chornobyl accident. At the end of August, the Chornobyl NPP received a license to process and store the radioactive waste that has accumulated and is being generated in Shelter transformation into an environmentally safe system (operation of the Confinement and Shelter system).
|22 Sep 2021 | Jacobs |||CHIMERA – a crucial component in developing commercial fusion energy
Jacobs is delivering a new test facility for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant
|22 Sep 2021 | Vuje |||Current status in decommissioning of V1 NPP primary circuit contaminated components
From October 2017, the Consortium Westinghouse Electric Spain, Westinghouse Electric Sweden and VUJE is implementing the Project: “D4.2 Dismantling of Reactor Coolant System Large Components” being a crucial part of V1 Nuclear Power Plant (two units with VVER– 440 reactors located in Jaslovské Bohunice site in Slovakia) decommissioning process managed by Slovak company Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť (JAVYS) and co-funded by the European Union through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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