ENEA is the coordinator of the project and one of the European Technical Safety Organization Network (ETSON) members. It is an Italian public research company in the sector of energy, with research activities focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, nuclear energy (fusion and fission), environment, new technologies and electric system research. ENEA has an important experience gained by the operation of water and heavy liquid metal (HLM)-based facilities since the beginning of 2000s and the management of related R&D programmes.
ENEA provided fundamental contributions in the DEMETRA-EUROTRANS, ELSY, LEADER, THINS, SEARCH, MAXSIMA, MATTER, GETMAT, SESAME, MYRTE and many other European projects.
In the PIACE project, ENEA will make available capabilities and competencies on passive systems design and qualification, safety analysis for innovative and commercial reactors, capabilities in code verification and validation, experimental facilities design and operation.
Moreover, ENEA will make available the SIRIO facility presently under construction by SIET,
which is the operator of the infrastructure. SIRIO is a unique facility worldwide designed and erected to simulate the thermal-hydraulic behaviour of the Isolation Cooling System – Decay Heat Removal (ICS-DHR) on the Advanced Lead cooled Fast Reactor European Demonstrator (ALFRED).
ENEA is the owner of the SIRIO facility, installed at SIET (Piacenza, Italy)
AnsaldoNucleare represents the leading Italian company in the civil nuclear sector. In more than 50 years of business, ANNhas developed relevant technical knowledge and expertise to deliver innovative products in the nuclear market. Building on the experience derived from the design and construction role in early generations nuclear power plants, ANN has played a central role in the development of Gen-III+ technologies, through the concept design, qualification and licensing of innovative Passive Safety Systems. The unique competencies, problem solving capabilities and flexibility gained by ANN have been recently oriented towards activities for safety upgrades, re-powering, plant-life extension on existing NPPs. Moreover, thanks to a forward looking attitude, ANN strives for nuclear innovation. In the framework of the European and International co-operation, ANN develops innovative Nuclear Power Plants, offering enhanced safety features and economic improvements for the electrical production, with a view to reducing the radioactive wastes generated by the plants. Long-lasting collaborations with research centers and universities in development programs of innovative projects (e.g., advanced Small Modular Reactors – SMR, Accelerator Driven System – ADS, Generation IV, Fusion technologies) offer synergies for further developing and enhancing the company’s internal skills.
ANN has been at the forefront of innovative lead-cooled ADS and Fast Reactors (EFIT and ELSY, respectively). In FP7 it was the coordinator of the LEADER project and of the work package related to the design of the MYRRHA facility of CDT project. It participated in the ESFR, GoFast, MAXSIMA, THINS, FREYA, SILER, SARGEN IV, CHANDA, ARCADIA and ESNII+ projects. ANN is also the EURATOM representative in GIF for the LFR and it is a member of SNE-TP, ESNII and NUGENIA. ANN is the leading party of the FALCON Consortium (Fostering ALfredCONstruction) dedicated to the development of the ALFRED project, one of the Industrial Initiatives supported by ESNII.
SINTEC is an Italian private company offering a wide range of consulting, project management and engineering services for the development of advanced industrial systems, with particular
attention to energy production systems. The activity includes the design, development and realization of renewable energy systems and R&D in support to the development of nuclear energy systems.Based on the efficient role played in management, coordination and dissemination activities for the VELLA, HeLiMnet, SILER, GEMMA, M4F and ESNII+ projects, in the field of project management, SINTEC S.r.l. provides comprehensive services in support to the preparation and conduction of complex research programmes, from feasibility analysis and building of consortia up to a complete set of tools for the management and secretariat of the projects.
SINTEC S.r.l will support the coordinator in the day-by-day management of the consortium activities, with particular attention to smoothing the cooperation among the partners and the circulation of information in the consortium.
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN, was founded in 1952 and its statutory mission gives priority to research on issues of great societal concern (the safety and efficiency of nuclear installations; protection of mankind and environment from ionizing radiation; production of radioisotopes for the medical sector; decommissioning, safe treatment and disposal of radioactive waste; non-proliferation of fissile materials; development of innovative nuclear systems, e.g., the irradiation facility Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications – MYRRHA; and education and training). SCK•CEN is the main responsible for the design and deployment of the MYRRHA irradiation facility.
SCK•CEN has a longstanding experience in participating and/or coordinating projects funded by the European Commission. Moreover, SCK•CEN is often involved in international cooperations with scientific and industrial institutions, while it regularly gives advice to leading bodies, such as the IAEA, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development / Nuclear Energy Agency(OECD/ NEA), upon request. Apart from its irradiation facilities and ‘hot’ laboratories, SCK•CEN has a long-standing experience in the execution and follow-up of irradiation campaigns, while it boasts a range of unique set-ups for mechanical and corrosion tests in various environments (water, heavy liquid metals).SCK•CEN is a member of European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN).
Tractebel Engineering is a leading international engineering consultancy company, and offers state-of-the-art engineering and consulting solutions to energy, water and infrastructure customers in the public and private sector. Services include a full range of engineering assignments throughout the lifecycle of the customers’ installations: architect engineer, owner’s engineer and consulting engineer.
In the nuclear field, TRACTEBEL has been active worldwide over three decades offering a complete range of nuclear engineering services from design to decommissioning of all types of nuclear installations, including nuclear power plants (NPP), fuel cycle and waste facilities. TRACTEBEL offers the full range of nuclear engineering services from design to decommissioning of all types of nuclear installations.
The thermal-hydraulics group within TRACTEBEL provides fast and flexible responses to its customers in thermal-hydraulics for the safe, flexible and economic operation of their NPP operation.
The containment thermal-hydraulics activity concerns the study of pressurization of the containment subsequent to an accident. These studies are performed to support safety demonstrations as well as operational support.
Since more than ten years, TRACTEBEL has also developed its CFD expertise through various applications like stratification, flow mixing, temperature distribution, etc.
RATEN provides technical support for the nuclear power activities in Romania and it manages two subsidiaries: theInstitute for Nuclear Research Pitesti (RATEN ICN), and the Center of Technology and Engineering for Nuclear Projects Bucuresti (RATEN CITON).
RATEN ICN is a complex R&D center with a longstanding tradition (more than 45 years) in the nuclear energy field. The main R&D areas cover a largespectrum of activities: Reactor Physics and Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Materials and Corrosion, NPP Ageing Management, Nuclear Fuels Performance, Fuel and Materials Irradiations, Post-Irradiation Examinations, Instrumentation and control, Environmental protection, Radioactive waste and spent fuel management. RATEN ICN was actively involved in many international projects: FP7 MAXSIMA,FP7 STYLE, FP7 SARNET2, FP6 NULIFE, APSA Network, NET Network, IAEA-Coordinated Research Projects and Technical Projects. The institute was also involved in innovative reactors studies in the frame of LEADER (FP7), ADRIANA (FP7), MATTER (FP7), ELSY (FP6) projects, MTR+I3 Project (FP6) and IAEA coordinated research projects.
RATEN CITON has a recognized experience in providing design, engineering, consulting and investment management services and technical support in the energy sector, especially in nuclear field. CITON performs design and engineering work and assures technical assistance and engineering support for construction – installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities.
RATEN ICN, along with Italian organizations AnsaldoNucleare and ENEA founded in December 2013 the FALCON (Fostering ALFRED Construction) International Consortium,oriented to a progressive growth of LFR technology to the industrial maturity. According to the FALCON agreement RATEN ICN is the reference option for ALFRED sitting and the Romanian Government has expressed his willingness to host the ALFRED reactor.
EA is a leading architect-engineering organisation in Spain with significant international experience, providing a complete range of consulting, project management, engineering and design, procurement, construction management, plant testing, safety assessment, quality assurance, as well as plant operation and maintenance support services to the electric utility industry. EA carried out complete projects both in Spain and in more than 37 other countries. EA is ranked among the Top 200 International Design Firms by the American Journal Engineering News Record (ENR).
EA has participated in more than 20 EURATOM projects for the development of advanced nuclear reactor technologies (GEN IV), including liquid metal cooled fast and thermal breeding reactors.
The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university specialized in all engineering fields and architecture, and a really competitive university at international level. UPM has the greatest research activity, both at national and international level.
The research group on Advanced Nuclear Fission Systems has large expertise in research projects both at national and international level. Concerning Reactor Physics, the group has participated in previous European Projects in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme: Neutronics/ThermalhydraulicsCoupling in LWR Technology (CRISSUE-S), European Platform for Nuclear Reactor Simulations (NURESIM), Nuclear Reactor Integrated Simulation Project (NURISP), Nuclear Reactor Safety Simulation Platform (NURESAFE), European Sodium Fast Reactor (ESFR), Severe Accident Research NETwork of Excellence (SARNET) and Safety Assessment of Reactors of Generation IV (SARGEN-IV).
UPM is member of ENEN. Concerning academic experience, the group is involved at the UPM Master of Nuclear Science and Technology, which has achieved the Spanish quality label of excellence; the Master MINA “Nuclear Engineering and Aplications” (CIEMAT, Spain); Nuclear Engineering Master (InstitutoPolitécnicoNacional, México) and participates in the European Projects Graduate and Executive Nuclear Training and Lifelong Educations (GENTLE), ENEN+ Attract, Retain and Develop New Nuclear Talents Beyond Academic Curricula and the international Master SAfe and REliable Nuclear Applications (SARENA) and previously in CETRAD (Co-ordination Action on Education and Training in Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management).
JSI is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and
applied research. The main areas include production and control technologies, information, communication and knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering. JSI accumulates and disseminates knowledge through the pursuit of research, development, and education at the highest international level of excellence. JSI has a long tradition in developing collaborative partnerships with industry. Is member of both ETSON and ENEN organizations.
The Reactor Engineering Division – RED (http://r4.ijs.si) at JSI concentrates on research, education, consulting and expertise in nuclear engineering and nuclear safety of nuclear fission reactors and nuclear fusion reactors. The basic and applied research in nuclear engineering and safety also includes thermal hydrodynamic phenomena, thermal hydraulic safety analyses of design-basis and severe accidents, structural safety analyses, uncertainty evaluation of code predictions, and probabilistic safety assessment. In addition, the division staff contributes significantly to the postgraduate program in Nuclear Engineering, which is jointly conducted by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and the Jožef Stefan Institute.
GEN is a state-owned company which creates electricity through various energy sources, such as nuclear power, hydropower, and solar power. Its activities also include investing in maintenance and modernization of existing nuclear power plant and development of new technological solution. Among the highest priority tasks regarding new investments is the project of the new unit of KrškoNuclear Power Plant (JEK 2). In addition to the different JEK 2 project activities (mainly project management), part of GEN activities arein the field of modelling of the nuclear power plant as well as in performing deterministic safety analysis.
In last years, GEN was intensively involved into the management of the different projects within the JEK 2 project. The spectrum of the projects was quite broad (site investigations, research projects, feasibility studies, design&technology projects, etc.).
SIET, an independent subsidiary of ENEA, is a R&D/testing company whose main programs concern the thermal-hydraulic experimentation on Nuclear Power Plants components and systems. SIET has developed its capabilities and gained a large experience in the design, construction and operation of thermal hydraulic test facilities devoted both to separate effect tests and to integral system testing. Thanks to the large capabilities of the SIET laboratories in terms of fluids, power and spaces for the experimental activities, most of the experiments are performed at real thermodynamic conditions on large-scale test sections compared to the reference plants. The SIET works include various applications as: experimental studies on critical heat flux, void fraction and pressure drops in fuel bundles of Light Water Reactors (LWR), heat transfer in Pressurized Water Reactor Steam Generators (PWR SG), integral tests on LWR simulators including Reactor Coolant Systems and Containment, efficiency measurements of full scale steam-water separators of both PWR SG and Boiling Water Reactors, experimental qualification of Innovative Passive Safety System for Advanced Light Water Reactors (ALWR), performance test on Steam Injector for ALWRs and Isolation Condensers working in water pools. In recent years, strong efforts have been devoted to the experimentation on the Small Modular Reactors (SMR) thermal-hydraulics.