Nuclear Research Collaboration to Promote Safety Public Benefit

nuclear power plants, nuclear power plant decommission, nuclear safety,The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will collaborate to promote public benefit research into nuclear power plant development, operation, decommissioning, and waste disposal.

The collaboration will enable technical engagement on nuclear fuel and waste disposal technologies, power plant safety evaluations, digital controls technology and capacity building for new owners and expanding countries initiating commercial nuclear power programs.

"Continued interest in and growth of commercial nuclear power around the world highlights the importance of coordinated global engagement on issues related to safe, reliable nuclear plant operation and management," said Neil Wilmshurst, EPRI vice president and chief nuclear officer. "Our collaboration with IAEA will facilitate the transfer of knowledge and research results to a broader set of stakeholders, supporting operational and safety improvements across the global nuclear industry, particularly in countries new to nuclear power."

The institutes will share information on commercial nuclear energy, organize joint workshops and training seminars and publish joint reports and guidelines.

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment.