Newsletter n° 23 - July 2020
EDITORIAL
 
Dear SNETP colleagues,

The beginning of summer 2020 was a busy period for SNETP. The remote SNETP General Assembly (GA) allowed to proceed with several formal decisions that were delayed due to the sanitary situation in Europe. Thanks to the quorum of more than 50% of Association Full Members the new Presidency (see below in more details) as well as the new Governing Board (GB) was elected, according to the SNETP Statutes and related Belgian legislation.

The recently elected governance took immediately its functions and held its first work meeting remotely on 30 June. Several operational decisions were taken as well as a list of actions defined to catch up with different on-going or already envisaged assignments within the SNETP community.

The operational body of the association, the SNETP Support Office, was appointed by the GB. 

The GB appointed as well various operational committees that shall take over the strategic interactions and responsibilities with different stakeholders. More information on the objectives and priorities of the different GB Committees will be communicated in the coming months.

Please, have a look at the new SNETP visual identity. Additional email addresses to facilitate the communication between the SNETP members and the Secretariat are being set up. Please, check your spam boxes and allow the snetp.eu domain in your IT systems to receive all relevant communications.


Keep safe, healthy and enjoy the summer break.

SNETP Secretariat
 
HIGHLIGHTS
SNETP has a new Presidency and Governing Board!
 
Let us shortly introduce the recently elected new Presidency, Governing Board Members and NUGENIA, ESNII and NC2I Chairs.
 
SNETP governance
 
 
SNETP President
 
Bernard Salha is Chief Technical Officer and R&D Director at EDF in France.
 
 
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SNETP Vice President
 
Peter Baeten is Deputy Director General at SCK-CEN in Belgium.
 
 
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The SNETP Governing Board is composed of 9 RTO organisations and 9 industrial organisations. More details on the individual profiles of the new Board members will be shortly available on the SNETP website.
 
As for the pillars, each of them has nominated its Chair:
 
 
 
NUGENIA Chair
 
Steve Napier is Senior Strategic Advisor at NIRO and Business Developer at the National Nuclear Laboratory in the UK. He acted as Vice Chair of the previous SNETP Governing Board.
 
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ESNII Chair
 
Noël Camarcat is Director responsible for relations with the R&D at EDF, Board Member at CEA, Board Member at the French Nuclear Society (SFEN) and Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Mines-ParisTech Engineering School.
 
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NC2I Chair
 
Józef Sobolewski is Plenipotentiary Director for High Temperature Reactors Development at the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) in Poland and Member of the Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee at the EC.
 
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SNETP FORUM - Edition 2020 cancelled - Save the date for 2021!
 
As recently announced, in light of the still delicate sanitary situation, the SNETP Governing Board has decided to cancel the SNETP FORUM 2020 planned for September and invite you to save the date for the 2021 edition planned for 2-4 February

The FORUM shall take place at the original venue (Roma Eventi – Pizza di Spagna) in Rome. The programme shall remain unchanged, subject to availability of envisaged speakers and possible constraints imposed by local authorities.
 
If you have already paid the event registration fees for the 2020 edition, please let us know if you envisage to participate in the 2021 edition or if you would like to be reimbursed or replaced by another person from your organisation (you can contact the local event organiser, Silvia de Grandis, by email and she will make any necessary changes).
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to see you next year in Rome.
 
NDE in Nuclear 2021 – organised by SNETP - Save the date
 
The Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) in Nuclear 2021 conference will take place from 22-24 June 2021 at the Cutler's Hall in Sheffield, United Kingdom. This edition, organised by SNETP, will build on the success of NDE in Nuclear 2019 with discussions on the latest advancements in R&D and application of NDE technologies for the commercial nuclear industry.
 
Conference details will be announced soon!
 
SNETP launches its new website!
 
As a result of the SNETP and NUGENIA joining forces back in 2019, the SNETP Secretariat has redesigned in 2020 the SNETP communication strategy. After the introduction of the new visual identity of the platform and its pillars we are delighted to officially announce the launch of the revamped website (www.snetp.eu) which intends to provide up to date information in a more intuitive and user-friendly manner.
 
In the upcoming months we will continue enriching the content and keeping updated the calendar of events of interest.
 
If you have any suggestions or feedback, please contact us by email.
 
SNETP CALENDAR
Management Meetings
 
  • SNETP Governing Board n°2: Planned for 29-30 October 2020
 
Technical Meetings
 
  • SNETP FORUM n°9 + Scientific Committee n°2: 2-4 February 2021 (Rome)
  • ​NUGENIA TA8 - ENIQ Meetings: 20-22 October 2020 - Materials Ageing Institute, EDF R&D site (Les Renardières, Ecuelles, France)
  • NUGENIA TA6 virtual meeting: 15 September 2020
 
 
Access the SNETP events calendar to be informed of all the events of interest for the community. 
 
SNETP RELATED PROJECT NEWS
MUSA project - Severe accidents research
 
The MUSA Horizon 2020 project will assess the capability of severe accident (SA) codes when modelling reactor and SFP accident scenarios of GEN II, GEN III and GEN III+ reactor designs. Partners will combine SA analysis codes with the best Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) tools and embed accident management as part of SA analysis.
 
To receive updates on the progress of the project and be informed of interesting events in the nuclear field, subscribe now to MUSA's newsletter. You can also follow the project on LinkedIn.
 
You can also download MUSA communication materials (posters, presentation and flyer) on the MUSA website.
 
NOMAD status report is available!
 
The NOMAD consortium has published a public status report introducing the project concept and consortium as well as providing insights into up to date information on the project progress, outputs and events. NOMAD is a European research collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of ten partners from seven countries funded by the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018. NOMAD's objective is to improve reliability of Generation II and III reactors by applying innovative non-destructive evaluation methods which give insights into the actual state of material degradation of nuclear power plants.

An overview of the work status, short summaries and links to scientific articles published within the framework of NOMAD are provided. Additionally, Marta Clelia Ruch, a member of the NOMAD Scientific Advisory Board shares her perspectives on the project developments in a short interview.
 
You can download the NOMAD Status Report here.
Find more information about NOMAD on the project website.
 
INSPYRE project - Visuals explaining complex concepts 
 
The INSPYRE project carries out research in fast reactor MOX fuel to support the development and qualification of the fuels for the future generation of nuclear reactors.
 
In the framework of its communication and dissemination activities, INSPYRE has produced a series of visuals that break down complex scientific concepts about nuclear energy into easy-to-uderstand images. The visuals address the following topics: Europe's energy mix, fission, nuclear fuels, nuclear reactors operation and codes for nuclear analysis and safety.
 
GEMINI+ - PHD4GEN High Temperature Reactors Summer School
 
The PHD4GEN High Temperature Reactors Summer School, organised in collaboration with the GEMINI+ project and the ALLEGRO project, took place in a virtual format from 1 to 5 June 2020. The five-day event gathered several dozen of students that attended a total of 23 lectures focused on HTGR technologies and Generation IV reactors. The school included sessions dedicated to the GEMINI+ and ALLEGRO Horizon 2020 projects.
 
You can read more about this school on the GEMINI+ website.
 
NEWS OF INTEREST
World Nuclear Association (WNA) position paper: The Enduring Value of Nuclear Energy Assets 
 
The WNA Long-term Operation Task Force has published a technical position that focuses on the benefits of the long-term operation of nuclear power plants and the aspects to take into consideration to ensure the longevity of nuclear operations.
 
World Nuclear Association (WNA) report: Building a stronger tomorrow - Nuclear power in the post-pandemic world 
 
This WNA report highlights the role nuclear energy can play in addressing the current crisis caused by coronavirus, as well as tackling chronic problems such as climate change, air pollution and energy poverty to avoid future crisis.
 
NEA/OECD: 2 reports of interest
 
  • Management and Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste: Global Progress and Solutions
    The report summarises the evidence brought by the scientific community to demonstrate that deep geological repositories (DGRs) and the final disposal of the high-level radioactive waste (HLW) do not cause harm to either humans or the environment. It also highlights how DGRs are moving forward in some countries after national authorities accepted their feasibility.


    You can download the report here.
     
  • Unlocking Reductions in the Construction Costs of Nuclear: A Practical Guide for Stakeholders
    The report is part of a series of OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) publications addressing the cost of the electricity provision. The present publication focuses on the construction cost reduction opportunities at the nuclear plant level.

    You can download the report here
 
The EC appoints the Joint Research Centre to assess nuclear energy under the EU taxonomy
 
The European Commission has decided to request its Joint Research Centre to draft a technical report on the "do no significant harm" aspects of nuclear energy to decide whether it should be included in the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities. The Taxonomy Regulation integrates economic activities that qualify as environmentally sustainable (make a substantial contribution to one or more environmental objectives and cause no significant harm to the other objectives). In the current text, nuclear energy is not listed in the taxonomy which de-facto excludes it from access to sustainable financing mechanisms.

In response, on 24 April 2020, SNETP sent a letter to the European Commission calling for a just and timely assessment of nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy of Sustainable Finance. The letter was signed by over a hundred European non-industrial organizations and recalled the role that nuclear energy plays already today in low-carbon power generation.
 
You can read the European Commission's communication here.
 
Letter to the EC supporting the use of nuclear to produce hydrogen in a cleaner way 
 
Energy companies, research institutes and associations have sent a joint letter to the European Commission suggesting the possibility of using low-carbon energy sources such as nuclear to produce clean hydrogen.
 
According to the signatories using steam from nuclear power could be cheaper than using steam from natural gas and would as well reduce the level of CO2 emissions involved in hydrogen production.
 
More information on the NUCNET website (paid subscription).
 
The U.S. Ambassador to the EU announces the launch of the Small Modular Reactor Public-Private Program (SMR PPP) 
 
On 30 June 2020, the U.S. Mission to the European Union hosted a virtual meeting to discuss the future of SMR deployment in Europe. Ronald Gidwitz, U.S. Ambassador to the EU, announced the launch of the SMR PPP and highlighted the fact that "Investment in SMR and advanced reactor technologies promises not only a source of reliable, affordable, and zero carbon clean energy, but also a way to increase Europe’s energy security through the diversification of its energy sources".
 
Click here to read the article.
 
High-temperature reactor (HTR) for heat and hydrogen production in Poland 
 
We would like to share with you this article written by the new NC2I Chair in 2019 that analyses the Polish project of a high-temperature reactor for heat and hydrogen production and draws up a list of potential benefits that this project will bring to the country.
 
You can also consult the presentation on this topic delivered by Józef Sobolewski at the Polish Parliament Mining and Energy Team meeting (available in Polish).
 
EVENTS OF INTEREST
BEPU 2020 
 
  • 11-17 October 2020
  • Sicily, Italy
The Conference Best Estimate Modelling Plus Uncertainties (BEPU) will take place on 11-17 October 2020 in Sicily, Italy. It will focus on addressing the issues with BEPU applications identified during the 2018 conference edition and reflecting on how to enhance the BEPU process.
 
Early registration deadline: 31 July 2020
 
For more information on the BEPU conference, visit this website.
 
European School on Nuclear Materials Science 
 
  • 8-14 November 2020
  • Cargèse - Corsica, France
 
The European School on Nuclear Materials Science will take place from 8 to 14 November 2020 at the Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques (IESC) in Cargèse, Corsica, France. It will focus on the nuclear materials science by addressing the multiscale modelling and characterization of materials phenomena in the nuclear materials science context.
 
The school is co-organised by the Horizon 2020 European projects INSPYRE, GEMMA, M4F and IL TROVATORE and supervised by the EERA-JPNM.
 
You can already register to attend the school. 
For more information please visit this website.
 
Reactor core and containment cooling systems - long term management and reliability workshop 
 
  • 23-25 February 2021
  • Levice, Slovakia 

This OECD/NEA workshop will focus on exchanging information and practices on maintaining the cooling function in a long term accident in a nuclear power plant. The objective of the workshop is to identify remaining knowledge gaps related to the material, components and systems that are critical for maintaining cooling in the long term after an accident. During the workshop participants will discuss how to address the gaps identified.
 
Check here the first call for papers.
More information on the workshop here.
 
European NDE Symposium for NPP 
 
  • 4-5 May 2021 
  • Saarbrücken, Germany
 
The ADVISE and NOMAD European projects (H2020 Euratom) have the pleasure to announce the joint organisation of the “European Symposium on Non-destructive Evaluation for NPP” to be held on 4-5 May 2021 in Saarbrucken, Germany.

This 2-day event will bring together both projects, as well as a number of other national initiatives and will cover NDE topics with respect to relevant materials, operation conditions and components of European NPPs for a comprehensive workshop on NDE issues for long-term operation of plants.

Find more information here.
 
EVENTS POSTPONED
 
 
  • International Conference on Enhancing the Operational Safety of Nuclear Power Plants: the conference focuses on enhancements in operational safety management at all stages of NPP operations from new build, existing and extended life operations.
    • 11-15 May 2020 Postponed to 2021, new dates to be announced
    • Beijing, China
    • Event website
       
  • Nuclear 2020 - The 13 Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through Nuclear Research and Education: this annual event focuses on promoting the benefits of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change, showcasing the latest results of nuclear research and education, strengthening the collaboration among researchers, academia, the nuclear industry and the business environment, and reflecting on the national nuclear sector and research.
    • 27-29 May 2020​ Postponed to September/October 2020
    • Pitesti, Romania
    • Event website
 
  • 13th International Conference of the Croatian Nuclear Society (HND2020): this event promotes regional co-operation and exchange of experience in the use of nuclear power and fuel cycle facilities among the countries with an interest in the nuclear option.
    • 31 May-3 June 2020 Postponed to late May 2021 or early June 2021
    • Zadar, Croatia
    • Event website
       
  • World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE): the theme of this year's exhibition will be "The nuclear industry, a key partner for a low carbon society”.
    • 23-25 June 2020 Postponed to 8-10 December 2020
    • Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France
    • Event website
 
  • International Forum on Enhancing a Sustainable Nuclear Supply Chain: is the sixteenth in a series of events organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) focusing on management systems for nuclear facilities and activities. This edition will address the management of the supply chain.
    • 7-10 September 2020 Postponed to June 2021
    • Helsinki, Finland
    • Event website
       
  • International Conference on Hight Temperature Reactors (HTR) 2020: focuses on high-temperature gas-cooled reactors and process heat application technology.
    • 6-8 October 2020 Postponed to 2021
    • Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    • Event website
 
  • 4th CORDEL Regional Workshop on Harmonization to support the operation & new build of NPPs including SMRs: will focus on exchanging information on the state of play for harmonization and analyse this from regional, national and global perspectives.
    • 13-15 October 2020 Postponed to June or early July 2021
    • Lyon, France
  • International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactor (G4SR-2): focuses on the topic “Advancing the Wave in SMR Deployment, Overcoming Barriers, Pursuing Innovations & Collaborations to Fight Climate Change”. 
    • 9-12 November 2020 Postponed to 2021 although a virtual event will take place in November
    • Toronto, Canada
  
New dates for the postponed events will be announced on the SNETP calendar in the upcoming months.
 
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