Issue No. 36 Spring
(May 2012)


ENS News

Word from the President

ENS launches the ENC 2012 Career Event!

ENS Events

TopFuel 2012

ENC 2012

ETRAP 2013

Member Societies

SFEN’s Annual Convention focuses on “The nuclear industry one year after Fukushima.”

Opinion and knowledge of Austrians about nuclear power

An Mariën wins BNS Thesis Competition for her research into oxygen sensors

BNS Chairman Eric van Walle speaks about the important role played in our society by the BNS

Eighteenth Frédéric Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School to focus on innovative modular reactors

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society

SNUS Scientific Expedition to Chernobyl NPP


21st International Nuclear Energy for New Europe Conference, Ljubljana, 5-7 September, 2012

“November Nuclear” at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

YGN Report

PIME 2012: A Young Generation report on Europe’s N° 1 conference for nuclear communicators

RRFM 2012: A Young Generation perspective

Corporate Members

Ansaldo Nucleare, Nuvia and Cammell Laird create wide-ranging nuclear power design and build partnership

The world’s first movie shot on the real NPPs

Dr. Sebastien Couet (KUL) wins the SCK•CEN Prof. Roger Van Geen Scientific Award

European Institutions

A status report on the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP)

ENS World News

National Nuclear Laboratory: providing specialised nuclear technology services for an expanding customer base

ENS sponsored conferences

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff

TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012
2 - 6 September 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


ENC 2012

ENC 2012
9 - 12 December 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom

ETRAP 2013

ETRAP 2013
13 - 15 March 2013 in Vienna, Austria




This year the Spanish Nuclear Society, SNE, once again organised its winter seminar. It was entitled Nuclear Power Plants in 2011: Experiences and Perspectives. Spanish nuclear industry representatives discussed issues relevant to nuclear power plant operation in 2011 and focused on the future of the nuclear industry. University representatives, including both teachers and students, also participated in the seminar.

This year, the Special Session was devoted to the subject Energy crossroads in Europe and was moderated by Lola Morales, President of the Spanish Nuclear Society. The guest speakers were Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice President of the European Parliament (EP) and Eduardo Montes, President of UNESA. The basic message that they gave to attendees was that due to Europe’s high dependence on energy the decision of some countries to abandon their nuclear programme is likely to lead to an increase of CO2 emissions and electricity prices.  Meanwhile in Spain, where the situation is difficult due to a fall in demand in 2011 of 1.9 % on account of the economic situation, an upward trend in the cost of electricity, an accumulated deficit rate due to regulated activities and an increase in CO2 emissions by 32% caused by increased coal generation has meant that the decision to maintain the current nuclear programme has been shown to be a more than adequate response.

Seminar: Nuclear Power Plants 2011

The SNE’s General Assembly was held at the end of the seminar.

The 38th Annual Meeting of SNE will be held from 17- 19 October of 2012, in Cáceres, hosted by IBERDROLA. All relevant information about the meeting can be found at:

The Nuclear España Best Article Prize was awarded this year to a paper entitled: The added value of replica simulators in the operation of nuclear power plants, which was written by Pedro Díaz, Norberto Rivero and Fernando Ortega, from TECNATOM. The Award Committee also gave an Honorific Mention to the issues of the magazine 40th Anniversary of the Santa Maria de Garoña Nuclear Power Plant and Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear España Best Article Prize

SNE recently organised a cycle of three conferences on The Accident at the Fukushima Plant. The initiative met with great success, as witnessed by the attendance. The conferences were entitled “The development of accidents: lights, shadows and opportunities”, “The plan of stabilisation and the control of the plant and the consequences of the accident from the point of view of environmental contamination” and “Actions after the accident: Radiological impact and measures to protect the population. IAEA missions

The SNE also recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Mexican Nuclear Society.

The Spanish Nuclear Young Generation has scheduled a cycle of 6 conferences on the theme of Experiences gained with the Construction of Spanish Nuclear Power Plants.

Spanish NPP News

The contribution of the Spanish nuclear power plants in 2011 to the country’s total electricity production was 19.6%.

The government has granted the operating license for 10 more years to the Ascó and Cofrentes NPPs.

Finally, Almaraz NPP’s Unit II has increased its electric power by 65 MW.


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