The objective of MICANET is to propose a strategy for the European R&D aimed at keeping the industrial nuclear option open in 21st Century. The approach will be global, including all aspects, from fuel cycle front end to final disposal, from technico-economic issues to political, social and psychologic dimensions of acceptance, connecting in a network projects that can contribute to MICANET objectives. Criteria of competitiveness and sustainability will be defined, to be satisfied for securing durability of nuclear energy. In front of new challenges, innovative approaches will be encouraged. Non-electricity applications of nuclear energy (e.g. hydrogen production, desalination) will be assessed. Existing means for R&D (expertise, test facilities) will be compared to needs and a policy for developing research centres of excellence in Europe will be proposed. Co-operation with similar foreign initiatives, in particular GENERATION IV, will be searched.
The objective of MICANET is to elaborate a European R&D strategy corresponding to the actual needs of industry for facing more and more stringent challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. It will promote innovative approaches , maybe the only solution to face such challenges. MICANET approach will be global, including all aspects, from fuel cycle front end to final disposal , from technico-economic issues to political, social and psychologic dimensions of acceptance, proposing an appropriate balance of efforts between short, medium and long-term R&D, connecting in a network the various projects , which can contribute to MICANET objectives. It will lay the foundations of a long-term stable partnership between the main European organisations of nuclear industry and research, which will be the only way to support future large projects. MICANET will act for the development an effective/active European partnership to the U.S. initiative GENERATIONIV.
Funding SchemeTHN - Thematic network contracts
CA20 1PG Seascale
91191 Gif Sur Yvette
78141 Velizy Villacoublay
WA16 8QZ Knutsford
6800 ET Arnhem
918 64 Trnava