Notification system to protect nuclear installations from natural risks


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All over the world, nuclear power plants are exposed to natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, fires and volcanoes. The development of a unique advanced technology system to extend the level of alerts for natural hazards to nuclear installations is at the center of a new project of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the University of HawaiiPacific Disaster Center (PDC). This project is based on a five-year partnership between the two organizations.

The IAEA is an independent international organization within the United Nations system that promotes the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. The new system will be built on PDCthe DisasterAWARE platform and will support the IAEAthe development of lessons learned from the prevention, mitigation and management of natural risks at nuclear sites.

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The Eurodif nuclear power station in Tricastin, France, a IAEA member state

“The risk of natural disasters remains a major challenge for government authorities globally, and being able to quickly assess the level and potential risks associated with nuclear facilities when they strike is crucial in helping our member states to protect people and the environment ”, said Paolo Contri, head of the IAEA External event security section. “The most recent practices in nuclear countries should be collected, assessed and disseminated in order to better understand the risk and improve the safety of power plants. “

After a long period of competitive bidding and conceptual designs, PDC and its development partner Tenefit were selected by the IAEA to implement the project. The three organizations are building a new capacity to IAEA Called External Event Notification System to help continuously assess the level of natural hazard risk posed to nuclear facilities.

“We are honored to have been selected to play such a central role in IAEAmission to deal with the safety of nuclear reactors on a global scale ”, declared PDC Deputy Executive Director Chris chiesa. “We understand the great importance of this work, especially as we observe the phenomena of climate change and the increased frequency and severity of natural hazards, in particular storms, floods and forest fires that occur in the whole world.”

Contri added: “This innovative solution will help IAEA improve its member states’ understanding of external risks and help nuclear operators build their resilience to future disasters.

For more than 20 years, PDC has supported government clients and nonprofits around the world to save lives and reduce disaster risk. Like a EUH applied research center, PDC continuously develops new technologies and best practices to help its global partners effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

“Like millions of people around the world, we at the University of Hawaii were deeply affected by the events in Fukushima on March 11, 2011, ”said EUH President David lassner. “The Hawaii team working with IAEA lives and operates in the Pacific, so we feel closely connected to these events and look forward to watching the PDC-The Tenefit team is making progress in solving these global challenges. It’s just one of the PDCmany globally recognized disaster resilience initiatives that help create a safer world.

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