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Nuclear Power in Europe 2012

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Luc H. Geraets

ASME Life Fellow
EnerExpert SPRL,
Joseph Bens Street 75,
Brussels B-1180, Belgium
e-mail: luc.geraets@gmail.com

Ir. Yves A. Crommelynck

GDF SUEZ,
Place du Trône 1,
Brussels B-1000, Belgium,
e-mail: yves.crommelynck@gdfsuez.com

On Oct. 1, 2009.

On Oct. 15, 2012.

The Belgian regulator FANC required, e.g., to consider, in a confidential and classified way, terrorists attacks (aircraft crash), and other man-made events (toxic and explosive gas clouds, external attacks on computer-based controls and systems).

Plants under construction.

Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology. Manuscript received October 25, 2012; final manuscript received October 25, 2012; published online November 21, 2012. Editor: G. E. Otto Widera.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 134(6), 064001 (Oct 25, 2012) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4007979 History: Received October 25, 2012; Revised October 25, 2012

Europe has been in the forefront of the development and implementation of the peaceful use of nuclear energy since the beginning, with the commissioning of the first nuclear plants in the world in the early fifties; today, nuclear power represents a significant contributor to the global energy supply in the continent (around 30%, i.e., almost twice as much as the world average). This paper investigates the current situation of nuclear in Europe, and whether there is a future for nuclear after the 2011 events. In preparation for the ASME PVP2013 conference to be held in Paris, France, next year, the paper aims at introducing our colleagues from all over the world into the European nuclear issues.

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World energy demand 2011

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Nuclear power plants in operation in Europe, July 2012

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European stress-tests schedule

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