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Nuclear Fission Power

Nuclear fission power

Nuclear fission energy is a competitive and mature low-carbon technology, operating to high levels of safety within the EU. Most of the current designs are Light Water Reactors (LWR), capable of providing base-load electricity often with availability factors of over 90%. The ageing of Europe’s nuclear reactors and the requirements for secure, cost efficient and low-carbon energy systems will require a substantial investment in construction and development of nuclear reactors.

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World Nuclear Exhibition

14/10/2014 to 16/10/2014

The WNE will be a worldwide platform for the entire nuclear energy sector, dedicated to sharing, sourcing and doing business on a global scale. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for companies of all sizes to display their know-how and skills in all areas of the nuclear energy industry. It will be a place to share experiences, with exhibition spaces, technical workshops, networking receptions, conferences on the latest developments and visits to sites of particular technological interest.



There has been a rapid growth in demand for raw materials in recent years. The supply of some of these materials into the market has been constrained by the policies of major producers. This has led to much concern worldwide, especially in the EU, where many industries have come to rely on materials that have an associated supply risk.

Consultation for new Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) research topics


Do you have a great idea for a new technology that is not possible yet? Could it become real if Europe's best minds were put on the task? Share your view and the European Commission can make it happen via the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme.

The aim of the public consultation is to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain.

Energy Systems Conference

24/06/2014 to 25/06/2014

This conference will explore the most suitable and efficient ways to build a better energy system. It will examine new thinking about the structures, processes and policies that are needed to ensure technology integration and drive a step change in investment, whilst considering the overall impact of these initiatives at the system level. Outcomes will be published in order to provide recommendations for policy and decision makers.

1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics

08/07/2014 to 10/07/2014

The International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics will deal with energy challenges and the role of mechanics as in solutions involving multiple disciplines in technology, science and management. The topics to be discussed at the symposium cover both fossil fuels and different forms of renewable energy, and the role of mechanics in issues related to energy efficiency, safety and the environment.