Newsletter n° 24 - November 2020
EDITORIAL
The current sanitary situation is impacting our professional and personal lives with intensity and at different levels. Changes in the working modes, in the way we collaborate with clients, partners, colleagues and in other interactions force us to look at today's world differently than a couple of months back. The good news is that the nuclear industry has been an essential part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the challenges of working in COVID-safe conditions, nuclear operators have been providing electricity and grid stability. Reactor operators have also had to respond to the marked reductions in demand that have been observed during the pandemic and have had to operate with more flexibility.
 
For SNETP, 2020 represents the first year working as a legal association formally gathering its three pillars with renewed governing and operational structures. Although we had to cancel or reschedule most of the planned physical meetings bringing together the R&D fission community, the work of the platform has not stopped and has even intensified, either to strengthen its new internal structure, to open the dialogue with various stakeholders or to support the launching of new R&D&I collaborative projects with added value to end users.

In fact, the SNETP Governing Board had its second virtual meeting the last week of October. The board members had the opportunity to share views with eminent representatives of DG RTD Patrick Child (Deputy Director General - Research and Innovation), DG ENER Massimo Garribba (Deputy Director General responsible for the coordination of the Euratom Policies), DG JRC Said Abousahl (Head of the Euratom Coordination Unit of the JRC at the European Commission) and FORATOM Yves Desbazeilles (Director General). The discussion confirmed the outstanding and necessary role the association plays.

SNETP with FORATOM have worked on the annual report regarding the 10th priority of the European SET-plan and are following closely the evolution of different European political strategies such as the Green Deal, the Taxonomy, Next Generation EU or Horizon Europe, the upcoming R&D&I framework programme. In this context, SNETP has requested formal and informal meetings with various policy makers at European level including the EC Commissioner in charge of R&D&I, Mariya Gabriel in order to create bridges and synergies between the nuclear sector and all other industrial sectors needed to fulfill the global EU objectives in terms of decarbonizing the EU-economy to become neutral by 2050 as part of its contribution to mitigate the effects of the ongoing and drastic climate changes.

A new organisation of strategic and technical SNETP work was introduced to the board members. Nine committees have been or are to be launched in the coming months to further and/or better structure the already initiated work at pillars level and ensure a harmonised and coordinated positioning and representation. Our association needs, now more than ever, the active contribution of all its members and stakeholders in order to establish the visions of its three pillars (NUGENIA, ESNII and NC2I) including their working methods and strategies to be established by early next year. The Governing Board, through its newly nominated committees will have the duty to establish the strategic research and innovation agenda for the next five years harmonizing the priorities of its pillars and taking into account the European and international evolution of the nuclear sector.

At the time being, health is a priority for the whole community even though the challenges facing our sector are becoming even more stringent. Therefore, in agreement with the Governing Board we recommend that all planned meetings this year and in the first months of 2021 shall be held remotely. This shall apply also to the expected SNETP Forum that was postponed already twice. A virtual alternative to the annual forum is now being prepared by the SNETP Secretariat and we will shortly give you more details.

In this context I need to remind you that, even though the new Horizon Europe programme (including the Euratom programme) is expected to be published within the first quarter of 2021, we shall not wait to share new project ideas within the SNETP Open Innovation Platform which is now available to all association members.

Let me wish you all good health and patience within the difficult sanitary situation in Europe and worldwide. If you have ideas or specific requests as to how SNETP could support your activities under the current conditions, please do not hesitate to share them with us.

Bernard Salha
SNETP President
 
HIGHLIGHTS
SNETP's new Governing Board
 
On 22 June 2020, SNETP held its General Assembly remotely and elected the new Governing Board that will be comprised of 9 representatives of industry and 9 representatives of R&D full member organisations. You can see below the list of SNETP Governing Board representatives.
 
 
SNETP Governing Board (private sector)
 
 
SNETP Governing Board (research)
 
 
The SNETP Governing Board is supported by the General Secretariat. Click here to take a look at SNETP's governance structure.
 
SNETP Governing Board Committees 
At its last meeting on 30 June, the SNETP Governing Board decided to structure its activities through 9 different committees (see Figure).
 
These committees will reflect on SNETP's objectives, actions and KPIs in relation to their thematic areas: Innovation, European Affairs, International Affairs, etc.
 
Below you will find the list of objectives identified for each SNETP Committee.
 
Scientific Committee - Promoting scientific excellence
 
  • Agree on, implement and promote common R&I priorities within the SNETP community representing the three pillars and strengthen EU expertise and excellence.
 
Innovation Committee - Boosting innovation
 
  • Facilitate industrial driven and intersectoral innovation (digital, robotics, materials, etc.) in nuclear for current and new applications (non-power, hydrogen, etc).
     
European Affairs Committee - Representing nuclear fission R&D in European affairs
 
  • Promote SNETP expertise and research priorities towards European institutions.
     
International Organisations Committee - Strengthening international relations
 
  • Promote SNETP expertise and research priorities towards international nuclear institutions (IAEA, OECD/NEA, GIF, etc).
     
Industry Committee - Providing solutions to industry
 
  • Foster industrial driven research addressing the needs of SNETP industrial members in particular regarding safety, supply chain, licensing and cost competitiveness.
     
Regulatory Committee - Cooperating closely with regulators
 
  • Reinforce cooperation between SNETP and the different regulatory and standardization bodies.
     
R&D Infrastructure Owners/Managers Committee - Supporting R&D infrastructures
 
  • Support projects and initiatives aiming at maintaining/refurbishing/building the needed infrastructure to perform R&D&I in the nuclear field.
     
EU Associations Committee - Sharing experience with European associations
 
  • Fostering & coordinating interactions with European associations in the field of nuclear, and any other sector with potential mutual interests with nuclear.
     
Civil Society Committee - Engaging with civil society
 
  • Engage with civil society and non-nuclear stakeholders to rationalize the debate on the European energy mix and enhance the acceptability of nuclear.
 
SNETP FORUM - Save the date for 2021!
 
The SNETP FORUM will take place over three half days from 2 to 4 February 2021 in a virtual format
 
The programme along with registration information will be made available on the SNETP website very soon. Stay tuned!
 
SNETP CALENDAR
Management Meetings
 
  • SNETP Governing Board n°3: 14 January 2021, virtual
  • SNETP Governing Board n°4: 18 March 2021, virtual
  • SNETP General Assembly: 22 April 2021, virtual
 
Technical Meetings
 
  • SNETP FORUM n°9: 2-4 February 2021, virtual
 
 
Access the SNETP events calendar to be informed of all the events of interest for the community. 
 
NEWS FROM SNETP PILLARS
 
By the end of 2020, the three pillars of SNETP are required to send to the SNETP Secretariat a first draft of their charter, a short document explaining their operational functioning, as well as their vision. The charter shall be based on existing procedures or strategic documents if relevant.

In this framework, ESNII has set up a working group to update its rules. Its first meeting will take place on 16 November. Once the rules will have been agreed and reviewed by the SNETP Secretariat, ESNII will ask all SNETP members interested in ESNII to sign its charter. Finally, it will be possible to organise the election of the new chairman. More information will be provided soon
 
NUGENIA's Technical Area 2 (Severe Accidents) publishes an article in the journal Nuclear España
 
In September 2020, NUGENIA Technical Area 2 (part of SNETP) published the paper "Achievements in Severe Accidents Research (2015-2020)" in the Spanish journal Nuclear España presenting the major achievements on severe accidents accomplished by this area in the last five years.
 
The article also presents some of the dissemination activities, such as the Severe Accident Phenomenology (SAP) Course and the European Review Meeting on Severe Accident Research (ERMSAR). Information on both events is available in the highlighted events section of this newsletter.
 
NC2I Roadmap for the Deployment of Industrial Nuclear Cogeneration in Europe is now available!
In October 2020, NC2I, one of the three pillars of SNETP, published its Roadmap for the Deployment of Industrial Nuclear Cogeneration in Europe.
 
The paper highlights the fact that nuclear heat is a unique solution for curbing industrial greenhouse emissions and can therefore contribute to reaching the Green Deal objectives.
 
Download the report
NC2I / GEMINI+ final workshop
High Temperature Reactors for deep decarbonisation: the Polish example
 
  • 25 November 2020 
  • Online
 
The GEMINI Horizon 2020 project, launched in September 2017, will hold its final workshop on 25 November 2020, in collaboration with NC2I. The half-day online event will address the contribution of High Temperature Reactors (HTR) to deep decarbonisation. The workshop will be composed of the following three panels:
 
  • Panel 1: The global picture: the role of nuclear energy in Europe to fight climate change
  • Panel 2: HTR - technical and economic aspects
  • Panel 3: Financing HTR in Poland
 
Agenda and registration information available on this page.
 
NEWS FROM SNETP PROJECT PORTFOLIO
New EURATOM projects labelled by SNETP 
 
A series of nuclear projects funded under the Horizon 2020 Euratom programme and labelled by one of SNETP pillars (NUGENIA, ESNII & NC2I) have recently kicked off (see list below).
 
Project factsheets with detailed information on each of the projects will be added to the SNETP portfolio page in the upcoming weeks.
 
Improved pre-disposal treatment - PREDIS project launched 
 
The new EURATOM PREDIS - “Pre-disposal management of radioactive waste” project kicked off in September 2020. The project was developed in close cooperation with members from Nugenia TA5b, with the initial scoping discussions held at the March 2019 forum in Paris. The project targets the development and implementation of activities for pre-disposal treatment and improved management of low- and medium-level radioactive waste streams. VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland coordinates this large consortium, consisting of 47 partners from 17 countries, with a total budget of 23.7 M€ including nearly 14 M€ of co-funding from national and industry funding.

The PREDIS project develops and improves treatment and conditioning methodologies and processes for wastes. The project addresses innovation and break-through technologies for safer, more efficient, more economic, and more environmentally-friendly handling of wastes. The focus is on treatment of metallic materials, liquid organic waste and solid organic waste resulting from nuclear plant operation, decommissioning and other industrial processes. The project also addresses digitalization solutions for improvements in handling and assessing cemented-waste packages in extended interim surface storage.

The PREDIS project operates in close collaboration with other EU projects, especially EJP EURAD, and international organisations such as SNETP, IGD-TP, IAEA and NEA for mutual benefit and impact. Areas of cooperation include knowledge management, training, mapping of industrial technical and competence needs, future research agenda priorities and sharing of the challenges and opportunities on pre-disposal related issues. End users have an important role to provide guidance and feedback on the research and innovation priorities of the project. Thus the PREDIS team encourages and welcomes utilities, plant/site operators, waste producers, waste owners and waste management organizations to join our End User Group via the link on the front page of the PREDIS web page.

To learn more, any interested parties are welcome to join our stakeholder group via our web page in order to receive the PREDIS Newsletter with updates of the project and news on the upcoming events on pre-disposal. The next public PREDIS online free events are targeted for the first quarter of 2021.

More information is available on the project website: https://predis-h2020.eu/
 
Authors: Maria Oksa and Erika Holt (VTT, Finland), Anthony Banford (NNL, UK)
Contact: erika.holt@vtt.fi +358 40 593 1986
 
 
Figure 1. Nugenia Forum technical area discussion for project preparation, March 2019 in Paris (photo credit: Erika Holt).
 
MUSA mobility grants are available for 2021! 
 
The Management and Uncertainties of Severe Accidents (MUSA) Horizon 2020 project launched in 2019 a mobility programme for young researchers and PhD/Masters students that includes the following activities:
 
  • Temporary stays in MUSA partners' labs
  • Attendance to MUSA international conferences, workshops and seminars related to the MUSA project
  • Participation in the SA phenomenology course of NUGENIA TA2/SARNET or similar international courses
     
After the forced stop of the programme due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the evaluation and the planning of the proposals for these mobility actions will restart at the beginning of 2021. This planning may be subject to changes in view of the evolution of epidemiological conditions and in compliance with the requirements of the competent national authorities.

For more information, please visit the MUSA website.

If you would like to received updates on the progress of the MUSA project and be informed of interesting events in the nuclear field, subscribe now to MUSA's newsletter.
 
NEWS OF INTEREST
The IGD-TP publishes its new Strategic Research Agenda
 
On 7 October 2020, the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP) published its revised Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to prioritise key research topics and identify the RD&D activities needed to achieve the objectives established in its Vision 2040. 
 
To learn more about IGD-TP latest activities, read their October newsletter here
 
Flexible Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Systems Report 
 
On 15 September 2020, the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial published the Flexible Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Systems report. This publication focuses on the flexibility nuclear energy offers and examines the role nuclear reactors can play in creating increasingly integrated clean energy systems in the future.
 
Publications of interest
World Nuclear Performance Report 2020
 
This report provides an overview of the civil nuclear power sector's performance across several key metrics.
 
Read here
Optimising Management of Low-level Radioactive Materials and Waste from Decommissioning
 
This report analyses aspects that contribute to the optimisation of national approaches in terms of low-level radioactive materials and waste management. It also focuses on issues arising from the practical implementation of optimisation.
 
Read here
Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050
 
The 40th edition of this annual publication provides estimates of energy, electricity and nuclear power trends at a global and regional level up to the year 2050. 
 
Read here
World Energy Outlook 2020
 
This IEA publication analyses what the global energy system will look like in the coming decades. The World Energy Outlook 2020 focuses on the next ten years, taking into consideration the impacts of the Covid pandemic on the energy sector and the actions that could accelerate the transition to a low carbon system. 
 
Read here
Advances in Small Modular Reactor Technology Developments
 
This booklet provides an overview of the latest status of SMR designs, reporting on the progress made in terms of design and technology of SMRs. 
 
Read here
Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2020
 
This IAEA publication analyses the role of nuclear energy, together with other low carbon sources, in limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
 
This edition considers factors affecting the transition to a low carbon energy system and challenges nuclear energy currently faces. Technological advances and new funding models that could make nuclear energy more attractive are also taken into account.
 
Read here
HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS
8th Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Summit 
 
  • 24 & 25 February 2021
  • London, UK
 
ACI’s 8th Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Summit, focusing on the current challenges involved in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste management, will take place on 24 & 25 February 2021 in London, UK.
 
More information on this website.
 
Severe Accident Phenomenology (SAP) Short Course 2021
 
  • 25-29 October 2021 (new dates)
  • ENEA Research Centre, Bologna, Italy
 
The 2021 edition of the NUGENIA Technical Area 2 Short Course on Severe Accident Phenomenology SAP 2021 is a sequel to the previous Cadarache 2019 and Ljubljana 2017 NUGENIA/TA2 SAP Courses. The course is jointly co-organised by ENEA and the University of Pisa in the NUGENIA TA2 - Severe Accidents framework and hosted at the ENEA Research Centre in Bologna (Italy).
 
The SAP courses are focused on disseminating the knowledge gained on severe accidents in the last two decades to Masters-PhD students, young engineers and researchers involved in severe accidents.
 
Please note that the planning and the modalities of the course could be subject to changes according to the evolution of the epidemiological conditions and in compliance with the requirements of the competent national authorities.

More information on the course will be available on the SNETP events calendar.
 
19th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-19)
 
  • 6-11 March 2022
  • Brussels, Belgium

The NURETH 19 Conference is one of the most important gatherings of experts in nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and related topical areas. This event is held every two years in different locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

For more information, please visit the event website.
 
European Review Meeting on Severe Accident Research (ERMSAR) 2022 Conference
 
  • 16-19 May 2022
  •  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
 
The 10th edition of the European Review Meeting on Severe Accident Research (ERMSAR) 2022 Conference will be organised by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany in the framework of the SNETP/NUGENIA Technical Area 2.
 
This open and field-specific conference will focus, 11 years after the Fukushima accident, on the latest progress of international knowledge on severe accidents.

ERMSAR 2022 will pay particular attention to technical discussions and will ensure enough time and the best atmosphere to turn the event into a true opportunity for researchers and engineers’ exchanges. The conference will be arranged to foster shaping-up future R&D on severe accidents.
 
More information on the conference will be soon available on the SNETP events calendar.
 
The NDE in Nuclear 2021 edition postponed
 
We regret to inform you that the Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) in Nuclear 2021 edition that was going to take place from 22 to 24 June 2021 at the Cutler's Hall in Sheffield has been postponed due to the Covid situation. The conference will be organised in 2023 becoming NDE in Nuclear 2023. It 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.

Further information on the conference will be provided as the date approaches.
 
EVENTS OF INTEREST
 
FORATOM Webinar on Robotics Application within the Nuclear Industry & Latest Developments of the RIMA Programme
 
 
Generation IV and Small Reactor (G4SR-2) Virtual Summit
 
 
14th Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Online Conference
 
 
European Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) Symposium for NPP
 
 
13 Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Through Nuclear Research and Education
 
 
Conference Best Estimate Modelling Plus Uncertainties (BEPU) 2021
 
 
10th International Conference on High Temperature Reactors (HTR)
 
 
International Conference on Enhancing the Operational Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
 
 
Reactor core and containment cooling systems - long term management and reliability workshop
 
 
EUROSAFE 2021
 
 
World Nuclear Exhibition 2021
 
 
EVENTS POSTPONED
 
  • 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 
 
  • 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    
 
  • 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
 
New dates for the postponed events will be announced on the SNETP calendar in the upcoming months.
 
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