The European Commission has just published the results of its 2016-2017 H2020 Euratom “Fission and Fusion” call for projects. IRSN is participating in eight of the 25 new European projects selected as beneficiaries, which will be launched during the year.
From the Commission, the institute receives a €2-million share of a total €41-million subsidy—all partners included—for the eight projects. In addition, IRSN will be a member of a consultative group without funding for three other projects involving MOX fuels, in-core neutron monitoring techniques and waste storage.
Regarding generation II and III nuclear reactors, the institute will contribute to three projects: ATLAS+ (Advanced Tools for Structural Integrity Assessment and Plant Lifetime Management) on the integrity of welded pipe seals, NARSIS (New Approach to Reactor Safety Improvements) on extreme risks and probability studies and TEAM CABLES (European Tools and Methodologies for an Efficient Ageing Management of Nuclear Power Plant Cables) on ageing electric cables in Europe’s existing nuclear power plants.
IRSN will also participate in several research projects involving generation IV reactors: ESFR-SMART (European Sodium Fast Reactor-Safety Measures Assessment and Research Tools) concerning sodium-cooled reactors, GENIORS (GEN IV Integrated Oxide Fuels Recycling Strategies) concerning MOX fuel, as well as one project concerning small modular reactors (SMR), GEMINI PLUS (Research and Development in Support of the GEMINI Initiative).
With regard to radiological protection, IRSN will take part in two projects: MEDIRAD (Implications of Medical Low Dose Radiation Exposure) on the risks of low-dose radiotherapy and TRANSAT (Transversal Actions for Tritium) on tritium’s effects on man and the environment.
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