Nuclear Energy and Safety Issues on Topical Agendas
Nuclear energy´s future role for the production of electricity and other applications is at the forefront of a number of international conferences in April and May 2007. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
Upcoming conferences and symposia in Asia and Europe are taking close looks at prospects and plans for nuclear power, in the context of global energy, environmental, and economic issues.
- In Japan, 16-19 April, experts are examining the status and prospects for nuclear applications beyond the production of electricity. Applications include the coupling of advanced nuclear power plants that feed high-temperature steam for the production of hydrogen, and to supply low-temperature steam for seawater desalination units producing potable water. The International Conference on Non-Electric Applications of Nuclear Power: Seawater Desalination, Hydrogen Production, and Other Industrial Applications features experts and speakers from the IAEA, Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD, Japan, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, and other countries.
- In France, 23-27 April, the focus is on nuclear safety and the important roles of Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) in regulatory and related areas. The conference is the first one internationally to address TSOs, and provides a platform for further promoting and strengthening international cooperation in areas of nuclear and radiation safety. Participating countries include the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa, Cuba, France, and Finland.
- In Prague, 3-4 May, Europe´s evolving energy scene is examined from the standpoint of issues facing nuclear power´s growth and investment. The European Nuclear Power Conference also features a session on nuclear fusion and the IAEA-supported ITER Project designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of a full-scale fusion power reactor.
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