Research, an important activity in maintaining nuclear competency in Finland

Björn Wahlström, Lasse Mattila, Timo Vanttola

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    Abstract

    Finland entered the nuclear era in the late sixties. At that time a few research groups were established to support the introduction of the new technology to Finland. These research groups were later integrated into the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), which over the years has got an important role in building up and maintaining the nuclear competency in Finland. Today nuclear power has a share of about 30% of the electricity produced in Finland. The four nuclear power plants located at the two sites Loviisa and Olkiluoto are in their mid-life, which means that they still have many operating years ahead. The energy policy in Finland does not exclude additional nuclear capacity and nuclear power is actually seen as the least cost alternative in meeting the Kyoto protocol on C02 abatement. Maintaining competency within Finland for operating the existing plants and for perhaps building new ones is therefore an important challenge for the future. Initiatives only by the utilities and the regulator may not be enough, but should be co-ordinated with actions and efforts of the educational and research community. The nuclear community is relatively small in Finland, but the smallness also makes it easier to maintain personal contacts across organisational borders. In the paper publicly funded research and its co-ordination is considered as one strategy for maintaining competency on a long term. The forming of this strategy has influenced also the strategic thinking of the whole VTT.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventIAEA Specialists' Meeting on Maintaining Needed Capabilities with an Ageing Workforce and Declining Educational Infrastructure - Olkiluoto, Finland
    Duration: 5 Sep 20008 Sep 2000

    Conference

    ConferenceIAEA Specialists' Meeting on Maintaining Needed Capabilities with an Ageing Workforce and Declining Educational Infrastructure
    CountryFinland
    CityOlkiluoto
    Period5/09/008/09/00

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    Wahlström, B., Mattila, L., & Vanttola, T. (2000). Research, an important activity in maintaining nuclear competency in Finland. Paper presented at IAEA Specialists' Meeting on Maintaining Needed Capabilities with an Ageing Workforce and Declining Educational Infrastructure, Olkiluoto, Finland.