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1 March 2006

Nuclear Energy in Europe: Current research, future potential


Nuclear Energy in Europe: Current research, future potential

The current ‘state-of-the-art’ in Nuclear Energy, its future development and sustainability will be discussed by nuclear experts from across Europe at the FISA 2006 conference in Luxembourg from March 13-16. The full range of current European nuclear engineering research will be presented and its future direction discussed. Conference sessions will include research on safety of existing nuclear power plants, innovative new designs, nuclear fuel cycles that minimize waste issues and the infrastructure needed to attract students to nuclear engineering to ensure skills are retained in Europe. Workshop sessions will look forward to the next Euratom research programme.

With recent worries about security of energy supply in Europe, growing energy demand globally and increasing evidence of climate change it is timely to assess the status and potential of nuclear energy to contribute to the world’s future energy portfolio. Over 350 nuclear experts from across Europe and around the world will be doing just that at the FISA 2006 conference organized by the European Commission. Conference delegates will include researchers, nuclear engineering companies, energy utilities, regulators and other interested parties.

The conference will give participants a coherent overview of the ‘state-of the art’ in nuclear engineering in Europe with presentations from all the projects funded in the current Euratom research framework programme (FP6). In addition invited lectures will give overviews of key areas and highlight critical issues.

First results from Euratom FP6

A paramount objective of Euratom research is the ‘Safety of Existing Installations’ including plant-life management, providing a basis for the longer safe operation of existing nuclear plants, severe accident management, and emergency management activities. Looking forward ‘Innovative Reactor Concepts’ covers R&D for future high-temperature and other innovative reactor designs that could be used in new applications such as hydrogen production. ‘Partitioning and Transmutation’ is developing an industrial-scale method for reducing the long-lived element of hazardous nuclear waste by separating the more dangerous elements and converting them in to less hazardous materials. Finally the objectives in the ‘Education and Training’ area are to establish new courses, harmonize relevant curricula and increase the numbers and mobility of skilled expertise in Europe.

At the end of the conference seven workshop sessions will examine broad aspects of research gaps and opportunities for future Euratom-funded programmes. The sessions cover on-going work and new areas such as the potential common areas of research for fission and fusion power.

Contacts:

Registration for the FISA 2006 conference is free and open to all. For more details please visit http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6-euratom/ev_fisa2006_en.htm or contact marianne.antoine@ec.europa.eu / tel: +32 2 298 67 74.

Contacts

EC Communication Officer:
Marta Wysoczynska Marta.Wysoczynska@ec.europa.eu, Tel. +32 229-96590

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