Tecnatom participates in the recently started European research project NOMAD (“Nondestructive Evaluation System for the Inspection of Operation-Induced Material Degradation in Nuclear Power Plants“). The project aims to develop a nondestructive evaluation system for nuclear power plants with the final goal of responsibly extending their period of operation.
In the European Union, about 200 nuclear power plants are currently feeding electricity into the grids with more than half of them exceeding a lifetime of 40 years by 2020. In order to ensure the needed electricity supply for the next decades, the EU is targeting lifetime extensions of existing plants to up to 60 or 80 years.
Tecnatom participates in the project with the role of end user, and will try to guide the project with its experience and knowledge, in order to contribute to the inspection techniques and technologies developed to suit the real conditions of nuclear plants.
Launched in June 2017, the new research project NOMAD will make a significant contribution to ensuring long-term safety for the environment and European citizens by developing a novel and reliable evaluation tool giving insight into the actual state of material degradation in the individual power plant.
This project has received funding from the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) research and training program 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 755330 in the context of the Horizon 2020 Program.