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This brochure describes the second batch of research projects funded through the specific programme for 'Research and Training on Nuclear Energy (2002-2006)' under the Sixth Euratom Framework Programme for Nuclear Research and Training Activities (FP6).
The projects described here all involve research activities in the general area of nuclear fission, including the management of nuclear waste, radiation protection and other activities in the field of nuclear technologies and safety, such as innovative concepts, education and training, and the safety of existing nuclear installations. Euratom activities on research and development in nuclear fusion are not covered here.
One-third of the electricity consumed in the enlarged EU is generated by nuclear (fission) power. However, over the next 50 years, world energy demand is set to increase rapidly: global energy use will at least double, with electricity demand growing the fastest and new energy carriers, such as hydrogen, entering the market. As an indigenous and dependable source of energy, nuclear power can contribute to the EU's independence and security of future energy supply, with more advanced reactor technology promising significant improvements in the efficiency and sustainability of nuclear power production whilst, at the same time, ensuring even higher standards of safety and producing less waste.
Moreover, in the context of increasing evidence of climate change and a consequent need to reduce fossil fuel use, nuclear power is the only carbon-free technology currently available to advanced societies that is able to provide base-load electricity supply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21229 EN (2006), 67 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21229-EN-C)
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