SCK•CEN, THE BELGIAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTRE RESEARCH TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE OPTION

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Abstract

Belgium has a longstanding nuclear history as is reflected in the nuclear power production. With a total capacity of 5600 MWe, available in seven nuclear power plants, Belgium produces some 55% of its electricity needs. The other 45% is mainly produced from gas and coal plants. SCK•CEN was founded in 1952 by a group of leading persons from universities, industry and administration. The main idea was the creation of an inter-university institute for nuclear physics and engineering that had close links with industry. To fulfill its role a large research infrastructure was gradually created: SCK•CEN had up to five research reactors, a Pu-lab and an infrastructure for waste treatment. All fundamental research disciplines were established. They concentrated on more nuclear aspects, while a large engineering department and the necessary support services were present to develop the infrastructure. This way SCK•CEN became a meeting point of academic and industrial communities around a nuclear infrastructure. Nowadays the activities of SCK•CEN are clustered around nuclear subjects that are socially relevant and that show the evolution of the nuclear energy field. Safety is the central subject, preparation for the back-end of the fuel cycle marks the activities and the future is being prepared.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Intelligence in Decision and Control
Place of PublicationSingapore, Singapore
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
EventThe 8th International FLINS Conference on Computational Intelligence in Decision and Control - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 21 Sep 200824 Sep 2008

Publication series

NameWorld Scientific Proceedings Series on Computer Engineering and Information Science
NumberVol.-1

Conference

ConferenceThe 8th International FLINS Conference on Computational Intelligence in Decision and Control
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period2008-09-212008-09-24

Keywords

  • SCK•CEN, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

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