15th NE•RS 2023 Annual Conference on Nuclear Power “NUCLEAR ENERGY RENAISSANCE IN CZECHIA AND EUROPE - THE ONLY WAY TO ENERGY SECURITY AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY”, Prague, October 19, 2023
The renaissance of nuclear energy is becoming a reality in the face of the current turbulent changes in energy. It is also a fact that nuclear power plants are an emission-free source and best meet the requirements for self-sufficiency and security in electricity supply.
In this context, the NE•RS 2023 Conference focused on:
• discussion not only on the added value of the development of nuclear energy for the overall social and economic development, but also the necessary education and training of top experts,
• demonstration of the technological readiness enabling broad international cooperation, information and knowledge sharing and
• discussion of the necessary prerequisites for the successful development of the Czech and European nuclear energy industry
Jiří MAREK, Chairman of the NE•RS 2023 Conference – opening speech and introduction of the participants of the morning session
Jan SKOPEČEK, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic developed the topic "Nuclear Energy Development as an Incentive for Societal and Economic Growth" and chaired the morning session
Sarah ILLOUZ, Offer Director – Czech Republic New Build Offer (EDF),
as well as Minhwan CHANG, Chief Representative of KHNP Prague Office,
presented the perspectives of the world's biggest technology leaders on the enormous added value in the areas of know-how and high-tech development, services, education and quality of life in the region that the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant brings
Petr ZÁVODSKÝ, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Boards at ČEZ daughter SPV’s Elektrárna Dukovany II, a. s. and Elektrárna Temelín II – the most important milestones of new nuclear build preparation and education and training of new top experts were the subject of presentation
Vojtěch PETRÁČEK, Rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague discussed the role of the technical university in the development of nuclear energy, and possible tools for knowledge and information sharing, both in the education of students and in cooperation with the nuclear industry.
Daneš BURKET, president of the Czech Nuclear Society, chaired the afternoon session in which the capabilities and requirements of preparing nuclear programs, including international cooperation in their implementation, were discussed
Pavel KRÁL, Head of the Safety Analysis Department of ÚJV Řež, evaluated the benefits of broad international cooperation in increasing the safety of nuclear power plants
Timo Vuorinen, Senior Project Manager, Fortum Power and Heat Oy presented contribution “Fortum’s competences gained through experience in recent nuclear newbuild projects” (author Jani IKONEN, Director, Newbuild and Operating Services, Fortum Power and Heat Oy)
Branislav HATALA, Director of Nuclear Safety, Research and Development, Slovak technology company VUJE, presented experience and capabilities of their companies in supporting the preparation and construction of new nuclear builds.
Bronislav KULIKOV, Special Envoy for Ukraine, Head of Business Development for Eastern Europe WITKOWITZ Group presented information on the expected paper on the current state and prospects of the Ukrainian nuclear program, in a situation where for objective reasons no form of communication with Ukrainian colleagues was possible.
Vladimír DLOUHÝ, President of Eurochambres, former Minister of Industry and Trade (from the period of the Temelín NPP completion) and President Emeritus of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, initiated and moderated a round-table discussion focused on the important role of “nuclear alliance” of sixteen European countries, the consistent use of the EU taxonomy and other factors supporting the renaissance of nuclear energy.
Invitation to the round-table discussion was accepted by:
Tomáš EHLER, Acting Director for Energy and Nuclear Sources, Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade,
Yves DESBAIZEILLE, Director General, nucleareurope, Brussels,
Lubomír LÍZAL, economist, Associate Professor, Czech Technical University in Prague,
Zuzana Monika PETROVIČOVÁ, Head of Unit, Nuclear energy, nuclear waste and decommissioning, European Commission,
Andrzej SIDŁO, Chief expert, Polish ministry of Climate and Environment.
brief summary and conclusion of the conference