EPRI, IAEA to collaborate on nuclear research

Palo Alto, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2012 – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today a three-year collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote public benefit research into nuclear power plant development, operation, decommissioning, and waste disposal.

The collaboration also will enable technical engagement on issues regarding nuclear plant development in countries initiating commercial nuclear power programs.

Among the technical areas of engagement are:

  • Post-Fukushima risk and safety evaluation

  • Nuclear power plant aging and materials degradation

  • Digital instrumentation and controls technology

  • Nuclear waste characterization and disposal technologies

  • Advanced nuclear fuel technologies

  • Capacity building for new owners and expanding countries

Key collaboration mechanisms will include the sharing of information on commercial nuclear energy, organization of joint workshops and training seminars, and publication of joint reports and guidelines. EPRI and IAEA will support the widest possible dissemination of information.

“Continued interest in and growth of commercial nuclear power around the world highlights the importance of coordinated global engagement on issues related to safe, reliable nuclear plant operation and management,” said Neil Wilmshurst, EPRI vice president and chief nuclear officer. “Our collaboration with IAEA will facilitate the transfer of knowledge and research results to a broader set of stakeholders, supporting operational and safety improvements across the global nuclear industry, particularly in countries new to nuclear power.”

The document formalizing the engagement was signed in Vienna, Austria, earlier today.