The nuclear power plant operators (end users) are one of the most important target audiences of the dissemination activities of SOTERIA, as the adoption of the project results by the nuclear industry is crucial to ensure a strong impact on nuclear power in Europe. Hence, an end-user group - gathering a panel of industrial experts from the project consortium (EDF, VFAB, AR-G, AR-F, UJV) as well as external advisors - is being created no later than in early spring 2016.
The so-called SOTERIA End-User Group will be asked to evaluate the modelling platform and tools developed within the project in order to ensure their industrial applicability. Another very important achievement of this user group will be to produce a comprehensive document reviewing the existing methods of predicting the effects of radiation on internal steels and reactor pressure vessel materials world-wide. The members of the End-User Group will participate in specific end-user workshops aiming at the set-up appropriate assessment methods for the developed models and tools. The requirements of these models and tools will be defined in specific meetings dedicated to reactor pressure vessel and internals by taking into account the conclusions of the PERFOM 60 User Group.
The Nuclear Generation II & III Association (NUGENIA) is a very precious platform for SOTERIA, since its members are an important channel for disseminating the results of the project. Most of the SOTERIA partners are members of NUGENIA and some of them are members of the NUGENIA Executive Committee. Furthermore, the SOTERIA Technical Review Committee, which is currently being created, will be composed of NUGENIA members who are not directly involved in the project, which allows for an external view of experts from a related field. These various links will facilitate the presentation of the SOTERIA results to the NUGENIA members.
The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP) brings together some 100 members from 21 European countries, including all major nuclear industrial and research players. It was formally launched in 2007 and represents a major effort to:
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Inc. is an independent US non-profit organisation conducting research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. Its ultimate goal is to provide society with safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity. EPRI counts more than 1,000 organisations amongst its members. Most of them are electric utilities, many are firms, government agencies, corporations, or public or private entities engaged in some aspect of the generation, delivery or use of electricity.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is a United Nations organisation set up in 1957 as the world's centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. The agency works with its member states (168, as of February 2016) and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
The Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) is a Japanese non-profit foundation established in 1951 as a joint research institute of electric power companies. Its mission is to deepen technological knowledge and contribute to electric utilities by conducting research, studies, tests, and total coordination regarding electric power technologies and the economy, which is required in the electric power industry.
Rosenergoatom is one of the largest electrical generation companies in Russia, and Russia’s only entity that functions as a nuclear plant operator. Its core businesses are the generation of electrical and thermal energy by its nuclear plants, and operating nuclear plants, sources of radiation, and storage of nuclear and radioactive materials and waste, through procedures legally regulated in the Russian Federation.
The state owned enterprise Energoatom is the operator of all running nuclear power plants in Ukraine. Established in 1996, the company’s main mission is to increase electricity production as well as the country’s NPPs’ capacity factor whilst ensuring continued improvement of the operational safety.
SOTERIA tries to create synergies and receive external input from related projects funded under the H2020 Euratom call NFRP-01-2014 or under other related topics. In order to do so, the project will study the relevance of co-organising the project workshops and some of the consortium meetings with these projects. SOTERIA will also invite representatives from linked Euratom funded projects to the training school, which will be organised towards the end of the project.
The following related Horizon 2020 projects have been identified:
INCEFA – PLUS
INcreasing Safety in NPPs by Covering gaps in Environmental Fatigue Assessmen
In-Vessel Melt Retention Severe Accident Management Strategy for Existing and Future NPPs
Towards the Conversion of High Performance Research Reactors in Europe
Connecting EURATOM National Contact Points in a pro-active network under EURATOM Programme in Horizon 2020
History of Nuclear Energy and Society
The FP7 project PERFORM 60 developed a platform for a chain of modelling modules in order to describe the irradiation-induced embrittlement based on the integration of physically relevant modelling tools, which were either available or developed during the project. Besides major progress in the understanding of the ageing of reactor pressure vessels and internals, a significant achievement of this project was to provide an integrated tool for the evaluation of the embrittlement trend curve for reactor pressure vessels and the description of the mechanical and fracture behaviour as a function of irradiation for internals.
However, the modelling tools developed in PERFORM 60 were based on model alloys and homogeneous materials and lacked available experimental data for irradiated steels, which was an important obstacle to its application towards industrially relevant materials and its application as a direct quantitative support to life time management.
The overall objective of the FP7 project LONGLIFE was (1) to enhance the knowledge on long-term operation phenomena relevant for European light water reactors, (2) to assess prediction tools, codes and standards including proposals for improvements, and (3) to elaborate best practices guidelines for reactor pressure vessel irradiation surveillance. SOTERIA will benefit from the large experimental database developed LONGLIFE, by integrating its results in its research activities right from the beginning of the project.