Our Research and Development (R&D) activities are conducted to support these investments and to help reach the targets set regarding safe and reliable operation of our nuclear power plants.
R&D for long-term operation
Vattenfall aims to operate most of its Swedish nuclear power plants for 60 years. Understanding the long-term behaviour of different components in the nuclear power plants is essential in order to ensure safe and reliable operation during the remaining lifetime.
R&D focuses on understanding and mitigating ageing of different materials, both metallic and non-metallic – the latter include civil structures and polymers. Improved condition assessment of components and structures is another aim of the R&D performed.
Safety – the top priority
Safety is the top priority at our nuclear power plants. R&D covers topics such as severe accident management, probabilistic safety assessment and human factors engineering. R&D is also performed in order to develop more efficient maintenance processes and testing/monitoring techniques.
Reducing the environmental impact of the nuclear power plants is another important aim of our R&D. This can, for example, be achieved through improved utilisation of resources and through development of new water treatment technologies.
Success through co-operation
Vattenfall participates in several R&D networks together with other utilities and organisations in order to share experiences and develop common solutions.
One of our most extensive collaborations is in the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Another example is the European nuclear R&D network NUGENIA. Elforsk is a research coordinating body owned by the Swedish power industry which, for instance, conducts a research programme on civil structures.