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Enriching collaboration with Luleå University of Technology

Published: 26 August 2022

A successful workshop has been held at Luleå University of Technology where participants from SUNRISE and SOLSTICE met to exchange knowledge and strengthen their collaborations around nuclear power and Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Both projects will work closely together to develop a lead-cooled test facility in Oskarshamn that will be electric and is expected to be ready for operation in 2024.

The purpose of the workshop at Luleå University of Technology has been to find a way forward, see what all parties have done and how far they have come in their projects. Here it has been seen that things are going well with good progress from all parties.

- Much of what we have done these days has involved understanding how the projects can work together. They are built together and we want to look at how to strengthen all the connections and get a synergy between the different parties. For example, test technology and abrasion here in Luleå, and see how we can take advantage of it, says Pär Olsson, professor of nuclear technology at the Royal Institute of Technology.

Impressive premises and competence

- It has been nice and fun to visit Luleå University of Technology. Very impressive premises and laboratories as well as enriching collaboration with colleagues. To see the competence that the researchers have is very impressive, says Pär Olsson.

- When we started, we invited a researcher, and afterwards there were even more people who wanted to participate in the project. They are very helpful and interested, which is great fun, says Janne Wallenius, professor of reactor physics at the Royal Institute of Technology.

- We have not previously collaborated with Luleå University of Technology on the topic of nuclear technology, but it has been very positive. We have found many instances where the university has been able to contribute with, among other things, testing of materials. The researchers' energy is very exuberant, says Pär Olsson.

- That Luleå University of Technology is participating is very relevant when you think about the larger context of Swedish industrial development. There is a lot that is happening and will happen in Norrland with the green transition, Northvolt, etc. And we feel that it plays into our context with.

Scientists have been fighting for a long time and now "suddenly" almost everyone is talking about nuclear power

- One reason is the electricity prices, the other is the war in Ukraine, which has led to a crisis of energy supplies in Europe, says Janne Wallenius

- However, the decision was made before these crises began. So that's not the driving force behind the projects. It has slowly but surely begun to dawn on enough decision-makers that we must invest in nuclear technology to cope with climate change and limit the climate catastrophe. With other fossil-free sources, it won't go fast enough and it simply won't be good enough, says Pär Olsson.


Marta-Lena Antti

Antti, Marta-Lena - Professor and Head of Subject

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