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PERSEO is a full scale facility aimed at studying a new passive decay heat removal system operating in natural circulation. It was built at SIET laboratories in Piacenza (Italy) modifying the existing PANTHERS IC-PCC facility. The operating parameters are characteristic of a generic BWR type reactor or the secondary side of a generic PWR type reactor, avoiding valve on the primary circuit. Figure 1 shows the layout of the facility.

PERSEO equipment was not designed to simulate a specific passive system of a particular reactor. Its main purpose is the assessment of the performance

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Unexpected methane and CO2 releases from the ground and noble and conventional gases in groundwater could be favored by stress produced by geological and seismic phenomena. For this reason, ENEA together with the University if Ferrara are proposing a protocol aiming to detect gases in the soil, focusing the investigation in the transition area between saturated and unsaturated zone. By means of an appropriate monitoring network, it is possible to identify substantial sampling areas of gases conventionally present in the soil, such as methane and CO2, and of noble and

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SIET S.p.A. is a small joint-stock company with public and private capital, ENEA is the main shareholder. SIET was born in 1983, is based in Piacenza on the banks of the Po River and is a testing laboratory capable of using sophisticated and powerful calculation codes to support experimental activity. SIET deals with scientific research in the thermotechnical sector with the primary purpose of carrying out tests for the safety of components and systems intended for nuclear plants aimed at the production of electricity. The particular location of SIET within an operating thermoelectric

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Thanks to funding from the Emilia Romagna Region, a new Science Park is under development in the...

New risk-informed performance-based inspection program

A new...

The regulatory guide for reviewing the licensee's technical report for the extension of the...

Uranium is an important nuclear material and contaminant with respect to the sites of uranium...

The seawall is one of the main coastal protection structures against tsunamis. Estimating...

More than 220 representatives from science and research, authorities and industry met this week...

The future of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is the focus of a large number of recent studies...

Shortly after the Big Bang, radioactive atoms of the type beryllium-7, among others, came into...


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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), ENEA (Italy), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), Jacobs (United Kingdom), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), RATEN ICN (Romania), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Besides the authorities CSN, ANVS and SSM, all organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.


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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.


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