After its annual General Assembly held in Mol, Belgium, the European Federation of Executives in the Sectors of Energy and related Research (FECER) was received by the management of the nearby Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK CEN.
Prof. Dr. Peter Baeten, Director General of SCN CEN, and Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim, Deputy Director General International Relations, presented with communicative enthusiasm the facility with its laboratories, where 900 researchers and specialists of 45 different nationalities are working on solutions for nuclear applications in the fields of energy, health, environment, and safety.
This is where the MYRRHA project is being developed, which should, by 2050, bring the transmutation of nuclear waste into its industrial phase.
MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications) is a multipurpose research infrastructure. One of the research fields of the top-level scientists is the transmutation process, which separates radioactive waste into less toxic short-lived substances and long-lived radiotoxic residues. Through transmutation, the volume of final waste is reduced by a factor of 100 and the natural radiation level is already reached after 300 years (instead of 300,000 years).
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Representatives of the Hungarian trade union EVDSZ, who had welcomed FECER in Hungary earlier this year, took part in this visit as guests of FECER and hence, enjoyed the introduction in this innovative project as well.
FECER promotes reflections on energy and the future of Europe between representatives of European management unions as well as joint actions. At a time when energy is at the heart of political debates, FECER seeks more than ever to rely on concrete and well balanced information before taking position.