Issue No.15 Winter
(January 2007)


ENS News

Word from the President

The strange controversy surrounding ITER

Time to get moving!

ENS Events

Pime 2007

RRFM 2007

ENC 2007

Member Societies & Corporate Members

Summary of a Feasibility Study into the constructing of a new nuclear powerplant in Lithuania

Publication Atoms in Slovakia

At Forsmark Multiple Safety Layers were Effective in protecting the reactor from the consequences of multiple failures in some electronic circuits

The Financing of a Nuclear Power Plant

Output at the Borssele Nuclear Power Plant Borssele (KCB) increased by 35 MWe

Radiation monitoring system for Kudankulam NPP: project development and implementation goes ahead

Elections of the new President and Board Members of the Hungarian Nuclear Society

YGN Report

YGN BNES 10th Anniversary Event

European Institutions

Eurobarometer Survey on Energy Technologies: a mixed bag of results for the nuclear industry

EU strategic energy review recognises key role of nuclear

ENS World News

Nucnet News

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff

ENC 2007

ENC 2007
16 - 19 September 2007 in Brussels






NucNet moves to Belgium… and is reunited with old friends

At the beginning of the New Year important news involving NucNet broke. For those of you who are still not aware of it, here is the news bulletin that NucNet itself put out to inform its readers.

“The start of 2007 marked a new chapter in the development of NucNet, with its move from Berne in Switzerland to a new home in Brussels.

However, the well-coordinated transfer ensured that operations continued without interruption and allowed NucNet’s editorial team to promptly cover a number of developments worldwide, including the safe, controlled shut-down of Taiwan’s Maanshan-2 on 26 December 2006 as the result of seismic activity.

As of 1 January 2007, NucNet is again co-located with ENS, which founded NucNet just over 15 years ago. Both organisations worked side-by-side in Berne until ENS moved to Brussels some years ago.

Towards the end of 2006, NucNet’s governing board approved a proposal for NucNet to be co-located with ENS again at 57 Rue de la Loi, Brussels, the building which is also home to Foratom, the European nuclear industry trade association. NucNet will continue to be operated independently of both organisations.

NucNet’s new telephone numbers in Brussels are:
+32 2 505 3055 / 3056.

NucNet’s web site and e-mail addresses remain the same: /

Welcome to Brussels NucNet!

Technology Plan for EU to ‘maintain lead’ in hydrogen and fusion

Spending on energy research should increase by at least 50% over the next seven years, as part of a European Strategic Energy Technology Plan announced by the European Commission (EC).

The proposals, announced on 10 January 2007, say the spending increase is necessary to “accelerate the competitiveness of low carbon technology”.

The measures will form part of an action plan expected to be adopted at the European Council (spring council) meeting of EC leaders and EU heads of government in March 2007.

Introducing a competitive, low carbon European energy system can be achieved, according to the EC, by measures such as increasingly adapting transport to using hydrogen fuel cells and second-generation biofuels by 2030.

Also by 2030, the EC wants to boost the amount of electricity and heat produced from low-carbon sources. Completing “the switch” to low carbon in the European energy system for 2050 and beyond could be achieved with an overall energy mix including “large shares for renewables, sustainable coal, sustainable hydrogen and, “for those (EU) member states that want, Generation IV fission power and fusion energy”.

“The EU should maintain its technological lead in fourth generation fission nuclear reactors and future fusion technology to boost the competitiveness, safety and security of nuclear electricity, as well as reduce the level of waste,” the EC said.

The Strategic Energy Technology Plan formed part of a wider Strategic Energy Review (SER) presented by EC president Jose Manuel Barroso, energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs and environment commissioner Stavros Dimas.

The SER underlined the importance of nuclear power and said decisions on new nuclear plants and lifetime extensions could be needed to reduce dependency on imported electricity.

A “core energy objective” is for the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption by 20% by 2020 to “measure progress in re-directing today's energy economy towards one that will fully meet the challenges of sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply”.

On nuclear specifically, the EC said it was for each of the EU’s 27 member states to decide whether or not to rely on nuclear power for the generation of electricity, adding: “With 152 reactors spread over the EU 27, nuclear power contributes 30 percent of Europe’s electricity today – however, if the planned phase-out policy within some EU member states continues, this share will be significantly reduced.

“To meet the expected energy demand and to reduce European dependency on imports, decisions could be made on new investments or on the life extension of some plants.

“Reinforcing nuclear power generation could also represent one option for reducing CO2 emissions and play a major role in addressing global climate change. Nuclear power is essentially carbon emissions-free and forms part of the (EC’s) carbon reduction scenario including the objective of reducing CO2 emissions. This could also feature as an important consideration when discussing future emissions trading schemes.”

Commenting on the proposals, ENS secretary-general Santiago San Antonio said: “Nuclear energy has been given the official recognition that it deserves as an unavoidable component of the EU’s present and future energy mix. Among major energy sources, nuclear energy is the key to helping get the EU’s security of supply and climate change objectives back on track.”

Source: NucNet


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