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Partners & Collaborators

MetroDECOM Partners

Short name Organisation legal full name Country Webpage
1 JRP-Coordinator CMI Cesky Metrologicky Institut Brno Czech Republic www.cmi.cz
2 Funded JRP-Partner CEA  Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives France www.nucleide.org
3 Funded JRP-Partner ENEA Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile Italy www.inmri.enea.it
4 Funded JRP-Partner IFIN-HH Institutul National de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara “Horia Hulubei” Romania www.nipne.ro
5 Funded JRP-Partner JRC JRC – Joint Research Centre- European Commission EC https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
6 Funded JRP-Partner LNE Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais France
7 Funded JRP-Partner MIKES Mittatekniikan Keskus Finland
8 Funded JRP-Partner NPL NPL Management Limited UK www.npl.co.uk
9 Funded JRP-Partner PTB Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Germany
10 Funded JRP-Partner SCK-CEN Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie / Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire Belgium www.sckcen.be
11 Funded JRP-Partner STUK Sateilyturvakeskus Finland
12 Unfunded JRP-Partner ANDRA Agence nationale pour la gestion des dechets radioactifs France
13 Unfunded JRP-Partner EDF Electricite de France France
14 Unfunded JRP-Partner Nuvia Nuvia, a.s. Czech Republic www.envinet.cz
15 REG Nuvia Nuvia, a.s. Czech Republic www.envinet.cz

Collaborators

These collaborators do not deliver work content of the JRP, do not sign the JRP-Contract and are not bound by its terms and conditions. The relationship between each collaborator and the JRP-Consortium will be addressed through an ‘Exchange of Letters’.

The organisations below have indicated their potential willingness to collaborate with the JRP in areas of mutual interest.

Sellafield United Kingdom
FJFI Czech Republic
ČEZ a.s. Czech Republic
UB Universita of Bucharest Romania
CEA-LIST France
Canberra France
SOGIN Italy
NUCLECO Italy
LLWR United Kingdom

 


 

JRP-Participant 1 – CMI (funded JRP-Partner)

Cesky Metrologicky Institut Brno (the Czech Metrology Institute) is the Czech national metrology institute. The essential role of the CMI is to act as a state administration body according to the Law No. 505/1990 Coll. on metrology in the fields of national standards, dissemination of units and the legal metrological control of measuring instruments.

The CMI’s activities include:

  • Maintenance and technical development of national, primary and secondary standards including measurement units dissemination to secondary standards,
  •  Type testing, verification and calibration of measuring instruments,
  •  Scientific, development and research activities in the field of metrology,
  •  International cooperation in the field of metrology,
  •  Providing of metrological expertise, issuing of certificates and expert opinions,
  • Managing of certified standards and issuing their certificates.

Inspectorate for Ionising Radiation (CMI-IIR) is responsible for metrology in the field of ionising radiation. CMI-IIR is experienced in environmental monitoring systems testing in nuclear facilities, including radioactive waste measurement.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

In addition to its JRP coordination role, CMI is the leader of WP3 “Further development and implementation of free release measurement facility on site” and of WP7 “Management and Coordination”, and participates also in WP1, WP2 and WP5.

 

 

JRP-Participant 2 – CEA (funded JRP-Partner)

CEA is the French atomic energy commission. Its laboratory LNHB (Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel) is the French national metrology laboratory for ionising radiation designated by LNE. There are 53 permanent members of staff. The fields covered by CEA-LNHB are radionuclide metrology and dosimetry of photons and charged particles. In those fields, the laboratory develops and maintains references, and transfers them to accredited standard laboratories and end users, according to its ISO 17025 accreditation and MRA. In particular, the laboratory has long experience in the field of gamma measurements, gamma spectrometry for decay data measurements (photon emission probabilities) and characterisation of samples including environmental ones. Each year the laboratory proposes a programme of proficiency tests dedicated to laboratories and end users, e.g. in nuclear industry and nuclear power plants, by preparing and sending standard reference materials such as radioactive solutions at different activity levels, iodine filters, to participants for them to measure. In this field, the laboratory has recently obtained equipment to develop natural matrix standards for proficiency testing of environmental survey laboratories. The laboratory is also involved in the evaluation and publication of radionuclide decay data and as such is in charge of the publication of the BIPM Monograph “Table of Radionuclides”, in the frame of the Decay Data Evaluation Project.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

CEA will contribute to WP1 and to the Impact WP. Its involvement in WP1 will consist of testing and characterising on a metrological basis the gamma imager Gampix developed at CEA LIST for the detection of hot spots, including the realisation of adapted test radioactive sources.

 

 

JRP-Participant 3 – ENEA (funded JRP-Partner)

The National Institute of Ionising Radiation Metrology (ENEA-INMRI) is responsible for developing and providing the Italian national standards relating to the ionising radiation quantities. The metrological activities at ENEA-INMRI are carried out in the following areas: Therapy level and industrial radiation processing dosimetry standards, Protection level dosimetry standards, and Radionuclide and neutron standards. A calibration service for instruments used in the measurement of ionising radiation is performed at ENEA-INMRI, according to the MRA, for medical, research, industrial and radiation protection purposes. The research activities at ENEA-INMRI include: development of new detectors and detection methods, computer simulation, and radioactivity reference materials. In the field of radionuclide metrology, the ENEA-INMRI can rely on various active and relative measurement systems and a new radiochemical laboratory for handling of radioactive materials for preparation of standard radioactive sources and radiometric reference materials.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

ENEA is leader of WP6 “Creating Impact” and participates in WPs 1, 3, 4 and 5, with theoretical and experimental contributions regarding development of measurement methods and devices, characterisation of reference materials.

 

JRP-Participant 4 – IFIN-HH (funded JRP-Partner)

IFIN-HH is a Designated Metrology Institute (by the Romanian Bureau of Legal Metrology) to represent Romania within CIPM-MRA in the field of Radionuclide Measurement. It is a member of the CIPM-CCRI(II).  IFIN-HH is an Associated Member of EURAMET, participating and receiving funds within EMRP. IFIN-HH is responsible for the decommissioning of VVR-S research reactor. The Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory (RML) from IFIN-HH holds the primary activity standard, recognised at the international level (included in all the 4 annexes of the CIPM-MRA). RML is accredited, according to the EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, by the Romanian accreditation body, for the following activities: (1) Calibration laboratory in activity measurement and equipment calibration and (2) Testing laboratory in low level activity analysis by gamma-ray spectrometry.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

IFIN-HH participates in WP1. The contribution to this Work Package is based on its competence in radionuclide metrology and radiological characterisation of nuclear facilities. IFIN-HH participates also in WP3. The contribution is based on its competence in gamma spectrometry and free release measurements.

 

 

JRP-Participant 5 – JRC (funded JRP-Partner)

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has two scientific institutes participating in the present JRP. The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is a transnational metrology institute of the European Commission. Its Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory, founded in 1960, has a considerable experience in the primary standardisation of activity, low-level radioactivity measurements and in nuclear decay data measurements. With respect to the JRP, JRC-IRMM has excellent radiometric facilities for gamma-ray spectrometry (above ground and underground), liquid scintillation counting, high-resolution alpha-particle spectrometry and many techniques for primary standardisation.

The Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) has long experience in nuclear safeguards and nuclear security. In particular the Nuclear Security Unit of ITU, located on the JRC Ispra site, has decades of experience in non-destructive assay methods on nuclear materials. This includes the characterisation of alpha active waste through gamma and neutron detection methods and instrumentation.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

JRC’s main contributions are to WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP5 with the main emphasis on WP3 and WP5. In WP3 the main effort includes a measurement campaign on real and simulated waste with the FRMF at the ESSOR reactor complex in Ispra-Italy currently under decommissioning.  The WP5 contribution concentrates on the development of reference materials and standard sources to be applied throughout the JRP for calibration, validation, and testing.

 

 

JRP-Participant 6 – LNE (funded JRP-Partner)

The Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais (LNE) is the French NMI and is one of the world leading NMIs in the characterisation of the thermal properties of materials. LNE has been involved in the measurement of the caloric quantities (e.g. specific heat and enthalpy of fusion) for some decades and has strong expertise in the development and adaptation of facilities for the measurement of those properties. LNE has recently implemented in particular reference calorimeters for the measurement of gross caloric value of gas and enthalpy of fusion of solid materials. LNE is involved in strengthening the coherency of thermal properties measurements carried out worldwide by participating in different reference material certification processes and interlaboratory comparisons within the framework of BIPM (CCT-WG9).

In two recent collaboration projects with ANDRA and EDF, LNE have started to work on the identification firstly of the main influencing parameters of the DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensor) methods, and secondly of potential direct measurement methods of thermal power of radioactive waste packages.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

LNE leads the tasks 4.3 “Sensors for monitoring of repository sites” and 4.5 “Measurement of thermal power of radioactive waste packages before repository”. The contribution is based on competences in areas of thermal metrology. LNE will develop methods and procedures for the metrological characterisation of distributed temperature sensing techniques, and a traceable calorimetric method for the direct measurement of thermal power.

 

 

 

JRP-Participant 7 – VTT (funded JRP-Partner)

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is national Metrology Institute designated to develop and maintain the SI-system in Finland. Laboratories of VTT, or those nominated by VTT, realise the base units of the SI-system and guarantee accuracy of measurements for scientific community, industry, and trade. In addition, VTT carries out scientific research in fundamental metrology to improve the realisation of the units and the accuracy of measurements. In Finland, VTT is the National Metrology Institute for length, electrical quantities, time and frequency, mass, temperature, and pressure.

The research will be performed by the Time, Frequency and Spectroscopy group at VTT. Over the last few years, research activities at VTT have been increasingly shifted towards environment monitoring, including measurement and characterisation of nanoparticles as well as spectroscopic detection of atmospheric pollutants and trace gases. Several projects are now dealing with the detection of stable and unstable isotopes using spectroscopic techniques. The group currently develops gas sensing techniques in the mid-IR spectral range by exploiting quantum cascade lasers, distributed feedback lasers, in-house designed and developed tuneable optical parametric oscillator laser sources and difference frequency generation laser sources. This allows VTT to cover transitions of numerous atmospherically relevant species with SI traceable frequencies. In these fields VTT collaborates with universities, industry, and Finland’s environmental administration. Recently, researchers of VTT have been involved, for example, with mid-infrared spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers and optical parametric oscillators, cavity enhanced and cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and ultra-precision spectroscopy using an optical frequency synthesiser. This prior experience provides us with the necessary expertise to carry out the planned research on spectroscopic isotope ratio measurement. In addition, much of the planned work will rely on our prior experience in engineering of sophisticated mechanical and electrical devices and parts for optical measurement devices.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

VTT’s contributes to task 4.2 of WP4 by developing a mid-infrared spectroscope for the detection of gaseous radiocarbon and perform field trials with this instrument.

 

 

JRP-Participant 8 – NPL (funded JRP-Partner)

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s national standards laboratory. Founded in 1900, it has become a world leading National Measurement Institute (NMI), with over 400 specialists in measurement science and Research & Development.  As the UK’s national standards laboratory, NPL underpins the National Measurement System, ensuring consistency and traceability of measurements throughout the UK. NPL offers a range of measurement services, contract research, consultancy and training services. Other areas of expertise include the design and characterisation of engineering materials and also mathematical software, especially its application to measurement and instrumentation. The NPL Radioactivity Group has held and supplied the UK standards of radioactivity for the past century, and have considerable expertise in the standardisation of radioactivity for a variety of industry sectors (including health, environment, nuclear power and defence), as well as the measurement of radioactivity in environmental and decommissioning materials (including bioshields and reactor graphite) and are thus well placed to make a major contribution to this JRP.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

NPL will lead WP1 and 4 and also participate in WP3, WP5, WP6 and WP7

 

JRP-Participant 9 – PTB (funded JRP-Partner)

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the national institute for science and technology and the highest technical authority of the Federal Republic of Germany for the field of metrology and certain sectors of safety engineering. PTB comes under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. It meets the requirements for calibration and testing laboratories as defined in the EN ISO/IEC 17025. It has a staff of about 1600 employees of whom about 500 are graduates. It is fundamental task of PTB to realise and maintain the legal units in compliance with the International System of Units (SI) and to disseminate them.

The department “Radioactivity” has 25 employees and maintains and disseminates the unit of activity in a wide range (from 1 mBq up to several MBq) for more than 50 radionuclides. In addition, the department has long term experiences in the field of environmental radioactivity including radiochemical analyses of alpha and beta particle emitting radionuclides as well as in the field of Radon (Rn-222, Rn-220 and their progenies) measurement and calibration.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

PTB will lead WP5 (Reference Materials) and participate in WP1. The contribution is based on experience in the production of activity standards, the characterisation of reference materials and in the calibration of instruments for the measurement of radioactivity. PTB provides a number of major facilities and equipment to the JRP such as the activity standards laboratory including facilities for handling radioactive material as well as primary and secondary standard measuring systems, the environmental activity measurement laboratory including a radiochemical laboratory and facilities.

 

 

JRP-Participant 10 – SCK•CEN (funded JRP-Partner)

The SCK•CEN is the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. The Nuclear Calibration Laboratory at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre provides many radioactive sources for the calibration of a wide range of nuclear equipment, from personal dosimeters to survey monitors. The sources available can also be used when very precise dose/dose rate irradiations are needed for research purposes. The laboratory is accredited by the Belgian Accreditation Organisation (BELAC) for its gamma and neutron calibration methods.

SCK•CEN has developed a large knowledge base in decommissioning & decontamination (D&D), thanks to its BR3 decommissioning project. Selected in 1989 as the European pilot decommissioning project by the European Commission within this Framework Programme, the BR3 project has enabled the testing, comparison and qualification of various techniques for the decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities. Moreover, data on cost, waste production and specific radioprotection topics have been accumulated throughout the project. SCK•CEN has a broad experience in radioactive waste characterisation and in-situ gamma spectroscopy, e.g; in the field of radiological pre-decommissiong characterisation of building structures.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

SCK•CEN will participate in WP1 (Characterisation of materials present on decommissioning sites). The BR3 reactor will be used to map contamination using various radiological measurement methods. Data obtained will be analysed using geostatistical analysis. Evaluation of the end result will be carried out by performing radiological characterisation after decontamination.

 

 

JRP-Participant 11 – STUK (funded JRP-Partner)

The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) is a public agency, whose mission is to protect the public, society, the environment and future generations from the harmful effects of radiation. STUK’s regulatory functions cover the use of nuclear energy and all activities that make use of radiation or radioactive substances. STUK carries out research related to ionising and non-ionising radiation.

STUK acts as the National Standards Laboratory for ionising radiation. STUK has experience and high competence in various radioanalytical and dosimetric measurements and in the development of measurement techniques, and has participated in international (IAEA, ICRU, ICRM, CTBTO) and national working groups and projects.

Currently STUK is a member of ICRM (International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology), a member of the ALMERA network (Analytical Laboratories Measuring Environmental Radioactivity), a member of the standardisation work of the Technical Committee TC147: Water quality, radiological measurements (WG4), a member of a network for ionising radiation standard laboratories jointly maintained by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and an associate member, as a designated institute, of EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes).

STUK’s laboratory activities in the field of gamma spectrometric and radiochemical determinations and environmental sampling are accredited. Accreditation was awarded by FINAS (The Finnish Accreditation Service) in 1999 and was renewed in 2003, 2007 and 2011 according to the European Standard EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. STUK laboratory is also a certified CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organisation) radionuclide laboratory.

STUK participates annually in several intercomparisons of radionuclide analyses arranged by international organisations, e.g. IAEA, NIST, Procorad and CTBTO. STUK has also participated in characterisation of reference materials together with other metrology institutes. During the last 20 years STUK has participated regularly in the actions of International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM) Gamma Spectrometry Working Group.

At national level, STUK provides expert operational assistance to law enforcement authorities regarding prevention of, detection of and response to nuclear and radiological terrorism. In nuclear safeguards, STUK is responsible on control of nuclear materials, including transport. Together with the Customs STUK is involved in preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. STUK has direct contacts with the emergency response centres in Finland. Co-operation with the local authorities, including rescue and police, is routinely exercised. STUK is involved in national CBRN expert networks.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

STUK will participate in the following WPs: WP1 and WP7. In WP1 STUK will develop UV-based stand-off methods for remote detection of alpha contamination.

JRP-Participant 12 – ANDRA (Unfunded JRP-Partner)

The ‘in kind’ contribution from ANDRA is not included in the planned eligible costs and shall not be considered as receipts to the JRP.

ANDRA is a governmental body set up in 1992, as per the 1991 Nuclear Act related to Nuclear Waste Management. Its overall responsibilities include conducting research on the national programme on a deep geological repository for high level and long lived, intermediate level radioactive wastes. It has also industrial responsibility for operating the disposal facilities for short lived, low and intermediate level radioactive wastes, as well as very low level wastes located in the Aube region (east of France), and of conducting post- closure surveillance of the low-level waste disposal located near the La Hague retreatment plant. After national and international review of the feasibility study on deep geological disposal presented in the Dossier 2005, ANDRA is tasked by the law of June 28, 2006 to pursue relevant studies to support a License Application (LA), to be evaluated by the responsible authorities in 2015. For that purpose, ANDRA engaged its research process as of early 1994 and is currently operating an underground research laboratory in argillaceous rock, located in the Meuse/Haute-Marne region, in the vicinity of Bure. At the same time, ANDRA is further developing the technical concept of a repository. Monitoring is considered an important component contributing to the management of the repository construction and operation, to safety and to the transparency of the disposal process. A recently created monitoring programme is tasked with providing suitable monitoring solutions throughout the disposal process. These will be presented during the public debate in 2013 and will be included in the Licence Application which is expected before 2015.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

ANDRA will participate in Task 4.3 “Sensors for monitoring of repository sites” and Task 4.5 “Measurement of thermal power of radioactive waste packages before repository” of WP4, in particular by providing DTS interrogators and optical fibres, and by providing information on the operating constraints of DTS systems in real situations (e.g. in irradiated environments).

 

JRP-Participant 13 – EDF (Unfunded JRP-Partner)

The ‘in kind’ contribution from EDF is not included in the planned eligible costs and shall not be considered as receipts to the JRP.

In France, the EDF Company (part of the EDF Group) is the operator of the 58 nuclear power plan units, 25 thermal power plant units and 447 hydropower plants. EDF-DTG is the Measurement and Diagnosis Engineering Centre of the EDF Company. EDF-DTG has adapted over recent decades to the needs of its clients by developing new techniques to guarantee safety, performance and optimisation of nuclear, thermal and hydropower plants electrical production. Our professional skills are: measurement engineering, metrology, shared monitoring for operators, diagnosis and consultancy to help operators make the right decision.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

EDF will participate in Task 4.3 “Sensors for monitoring of repository sites” of the WP4 by providing DTS interrogators and optical fibres that they used for distributed temperature measurements.

 

 

JRP-Participant 14 – Nuvia (Unfunded JRP-Partner)

The ‘in kind’ contribution from Nuvia is not included in the planned eligible costs and shall not be considered as receipts to the JRP. Nuvia is a Joint Stock Company in the Czech Republic with over 15 years experience in traditional and reliable engineering. They are certified by ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Standard), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System), ISO 20000-1 (IT – Service Management) and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management Standard). Nuvia is a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet – the world leader in the field of specialised engineering. Nuvia has among others the broad experience with industrial automation development and supply, turn-key solutions in the field of nuclear power and construction of free release measurement.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

Nuvia will lead WP2. They will mainly provide the design expertise, documentation and the production of the facility for segregation of wastes. Within WP3, Nuvia will provide the design and manufacture of the free release measurement facility on decommissioning site including financing. Design will be produced in cooperation with other JRP-Partners.

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