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European Supply of SAfe NUclear Fuel

Objective

The overall aim of the project is to create greater security of energy supply and contribute to the security of supply of nuclear fuel for Russian designed pressurized water reactors (VVER) operating in the EU by diversification of fuel sources in the short / medium term and in full compliance with nuclear safety standards. By that, the project addresses the topic NFRP 16 – 2015. The scientific objectives of the proposed project include increased knowledge concerning the behaviour of the VVER-440 fuel during operation. State-of-the-art methods will be verified against an extensive database, including operating experience from several VVER-440 reactors as well as a number of other reactor designs and a wide range of operating conditions. The ability to accurately predict the fuel behaviour will be improved and thereby also the safety margins.
New knowledge as well as identification of needs of technology development and improvements will be created in the fields of technologies for mechanical design, thermo-mechanical fuel rod design, and safety analysis for VVER fuel. In addition to the technological advances, the project will identify the variation in licensing requirements between the authorities in the different countries. Through such identification, it will become clear that standardization would be beneficial and will foster a dialogue between the authorities/regulatory bodies. The new knowledge will be exploited through innovation processes but will also be used for further research and recommendation to policy makers as well as for creating impact among the target groups of the project. Results will be presented to the members of the VVER community, i.e. the utilities, universities and other organizations with close links to the nuclear energy industry. Articles and papers presenting the work and the results of the project will be targeted for nuclear industry, magazines and conferences.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2014-2015-2
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Coordinator

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC SWEDEN AB
Address
Utvecklingsgrand 33
72163 Vasteras
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 736 005

Participants (8)

VUJE AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 140 210
Address
Okruzna 5
91864 Trnava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UJV REZ, a. s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 203 905
Address
Hlavni 130, Rez
250 68 Husinec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 302 500
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 132 175
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NUCLEOCON SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 178 125
Address
Hviezdoslavova 23
93401 Levice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER KHARKOV INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 112 750
Address
Academichna Street 1
61108 Kharkiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 181 368
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENUSA INDUSTRIAS AVANZADAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 66 875
Address
Calle Santiago Rusinol 12
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)