December 2018 - VTT

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the EUROSAFE Newsletter, which has been prepared by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. In this edition, we provide a glimpse to our activities in the areas of nuclear safety and waste management.

Finland is a small country with only 5.5 million people. Yet, we are strong and future oriented with nuclear. We have had four operating power plants since forty years, we are approaching the operational phase of Olkiluoto 3 EPR and the construction license application of the Hanhikivi-1 AES-2006 plant is under review. Our operating plants have all received twenty-year prolongations to their original 30 or 40 years plant operational lifetimes. In addition, the construction of the final repository for the spent nuclear fuel is going on as the first in the world.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is one of the leading Research & Development & Innovation organizations in Northern Europe. It was founded in 1942 and has currently 2,400 personnel, whereof some 250 in the nuclear area. VTT has provided technical support to the Finnish nuclear Regulatory Body STUK and utilities Fortum and TVO since 1970s. VTT’s safety oriented research serving the needs of STUK, Fortum, TVO and foreign customers as well as Finnish ministries, when needed, based on experienced researchers and versatile research capabilities including the new VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety with its modern research laboratories and hot cells, provides unique dimensions and possibilities.

The recently published IAEA-TECDOC-1835 on Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) Providing Support to Regulatory Functions states that R&D is a core mission of the TSOs, which have a primary role in conducting safety-oriented R&D. An essential characteristic of a TSO is its capability to perform R&D activities. In the present newsletter VTT has the pleasure to inform You via examples how it is fulfilling this requirement. The research carried out by VTT fulfils also the second important requirement set to a TSO in the TECDOC, which is to foster the new generation of experts to ensure the availability of the expertise also in the future. 

R&D carried in the national programmes by VTT and other minor research partners has been an important prerequisite for the success of nuclear in Finland. As a continuously renewing organization, we do take a look ahead as well. An example of this is the SMR research project ELSMOR proposal to Euratom H2020 coordinated by VTT.

I wish you informative moments with this edition and a Happy, Prosperous New Year 2019!

Dr. Eija Karita Puska
Senior Principal Scientist, Nuclear Safety, VTT

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