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Michelangelo network competitiveness and sustainability of nuclear energy in the European union

Objective

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 Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

SOCIETE FRAMATOME
Address
Tour Framatome
92084 Paris La Defense
France

Participants (18)

ANSALDO ENERGIA SPA
Italy
Address
Corso Perrone 25
16161 Cornigliano
BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Sellafield B170
CA20 1PG Seascale
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Cea/saclay
91191 Gif Sur Yvette
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Bruxelles
COMPAGNIE GÉNÉRALE DES MATIÈRES NUCLÉAIRES
France
Address
Rue Paul Dautier 2
78141 Velizy Villacoublay
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
Address
1,Avenue Du Général De Gaulle 1
92141 Clamart
EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA
Spain
Address
Magallanes 3
Madrid
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-johnen-straße
52425 Juelich
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT
Germany
Address

76021 Karlsruhe
FORTUM NUCLEAR SERVICES OY
Finland
Address
Keilaniementie 1
00048 Espoo
FRAMATOME ANP GMBH
Germany
Address
Freyeslebenstrasse 1
91058 Erlangen
ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Italy
Address
Via Martiri Di Monte Sole 4
40129 Bologna
NATIONAL NUCLEAR CORPORATION LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Chelford Road, Booths Hall
WA16 8QZ Knutsford
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
6800 ET Arnhem
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
Address

5232 Villigen
TRACTEBEL SA
Belgium
Address
7,Avenue Ariane 7
1200 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
31,Pfaffenwaldring 31
70569 Stuttgart
VUJE TRNAVA INC - ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Slovakia
Address
Okruzna 5
918 64 Trnava