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US national labs support international waste disposal research

US national labs support international waste disposal research

Modelling and laboratory work at three US Department of Energy national laboratories is being undertaken to support the HotBENT international field experiment to evaluate the behaviour of bentonite clay used as an impermeable backfill in deep geological repositories for high-level waste.

Waste & Recycling 20 January 2022


IAEA concludes mission to assess Swiss nuclear safety

IAEA concludes mission to assess Swiss nuclear safety

Switzerland is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has concluded. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service mission team said a key challenge for the country is to keep and to build new safety competence for the future by evaluating anticipated gaps in expertise and in identifying actions required to fill them.

Regulation & Safety 05 November 2021


Swiss underground laboratory stands in as Moon base

Swiss underground laboratory stands in as Moon base

A group of six students recently spent nine days living in the Grimsel underground research laboratory in Switzerland in a simulated mission to the Moon. During the mission, the "astronauts" taking part in the Asclepios I project undertook several scientific experiments, the results of which could be applied to future actual space missions.

Waste & Recycling 19 August 2021


Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Waste & Recycling 18 September 2020


Nagra reports on siting options for Swiss encapsulation plant

Nagra reports on siting options for Swiss encapsulation plant

Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has today released a report on the advantages and disadvantages of siting a used fuel and high-level waste encapsulation plant at the planned deep geological repository site or elsewhere. It says the best solution would be to construct the encapsulation plant at either the repository or at the Zwilag interim waste management facility at Würenlingen.

Waste & Recycling 17 August 2020


Framatome contracted to support research at CERN

Framatome contracted to support research at CERN

France's Framatome has been awarded a contract by the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) to support research that will inform the development of new materials to be used in the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider, a major upgrade to the existing Large Hadron Collider.

Corporate 22 January 2020


Year-end brings trio of reactor retirements

Year-end brings trio of reactor retirements

The Mühleberg nuclear power plant in Switzerland today ended generation after 47 years in operation. Meanwhile, Ringhals unit 2 in Sweden and Philippsburg unit 2 in Germany are preparing to shut down by the end of 2019.

Corporate 20 December 2019


Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

The operators of Switzerland's nuclear power plants have criticised a reform of regulations for decommissioning and waste disposal funds, which they say will disproportionately increase their costs and thus reduce their ability to invest in the country’s energy sector. The reform, which takes effect on 1 January, includes a reduced yield from the two funds and also removes a 30% safety margin.

Waste & Recycling 08 November 2019


Switzerland commits to 2050 climate target

Switzerland commits to 2050 climate target

The Swiss government has announced it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050. According to Swiss government statistics, about 60% of Switzerland's electricity generation comes from renewable sources, most of it from hydro (56.6%). Nuclear contributes about 37.6% and about 2.5% comes from fossil fuels.

Energy & Environment 30 August 2019


Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract

Gösgen-Däniken awards safety system upgrade contract

Framatome has been awarded a contract by Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken to modernise the reactor protection system at the Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

Corporate 26 April 2019