EPRI pairs with Japanese counterpart to address radiation issues

Palo Alto, Calif., August 16, 2011 — The Electric Power Research Institute struck a 3-year agreement with Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry to jointly research nuclear power plant issues related to materials science, plant component performance and radiation safety.

The collaborative work will facilitate the sharing of research and experimental results, data and scientific information that will expand the knowledge base of critical plant infrastructure and radiation safety in and around nuclear power plants.

Its results are expected to provide the technical foundation to enhance the safe and efficient operation of nuclear plants worldwide.

"While our discussions with CRIEPI began well before the Fukushima Daiichi incident, the tragic events add greater importance to the work envisioned through this collaborative research," said Neil Wilmshurst, EPRI vice president and chief nuclear officer. "The expertise and advanced testing facilities at CRIEPI complement EPRI core competencies in materials and radiation science. This combination may provide the technical insights to drive operational and safety improvements across the global nuclear industry."

Hayaichi Yokoyama, CRIEPI senior vice president, said, "This collaboration in materials and radiation issues will open the door to more extensive and substantial cooperation unifying the R&D resources of the representative research institutes in the electric power industries in the United States and Japan."

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