Slovenia, Tunisia and Morocco are the first countries, via their research organizations, which will be able to access CEA research facilities under the ICERR mechanism, established by the IAEA, which aims to pool the use of existing research reactors. As the first organization to obtain this label, the CEA will provide these countries with its current experimental tools as well as the future Jules Horowitz reactor (RJH), for education, field training and the development of joint R&D projects.
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O n September 26 and 27, 2016, in Vienna, the CEA General Administrator and head of the French delegation to the 60th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Daniel Verwaerde, signed three ICERR affiliation agreements with the Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), CNSTN (Tunisia) and CNESTEN (Morocco). These affiliation agreements allow IAEA Member States wishing to acquire nuclear R&D skills to have access to operating research reactors and their associated research facilities labeled ICERR in other States.
Faced with the energy and climate challenges of the 21st century, a growing number of countries wish to initiate a nuclear program or improve their already existing program. They then need to develop their scientific skills. But access to a research reactor is often a financial and technological challenge for some of these states, while many advanced research reactors are already operational in different regions of the world. Based on this observation, the IAEA wished to promote the pooling of the use of existing research reactors via the ICERR mechanism (International CEnter based on Research Reactors).
On September 14, 2015, two CEA research reactors, ISIS (Saclay center), and RJH (currently under construction at the Cadarache center) as well as their associated research facilities (critical models, hot labs) were the first reactors research institute in the world to receive ICERR certification.
Mr. Verwaerde explained that these ICERR affiliation agreements will allow the CEA to soon welcome students and scientists from these countries. He also expressed at the podium of the General Conference the wish that many other Member States would join them, specifying that “this ICERR label recognizes both the excellence of CEA’s research infrastructures and its desire for international openness. “
CNSTN : Tunisian National Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies ;
CNESTN : Centrthe Moroccan National of Energy, Nuclear Sciences and Techniques;
Nuclear facilities It flies(Laboratory for the study of irradiated fuels), Leca (Laboratory for the examination of active fuels), the Orphée reactor and the critical models dedicated to the study of the Eole and Minerve reactor cores are particularly concerned.