11. ICOND SUCCESSFUL ENDED
In November 2022 the 11th ICOND again took place at the Eurogress in Aachen. More than 460 participants and 51 companies presented their products and services in the accompanying exhibition. The biggest ICOND so far.
The pre-conference workshop was dedicated to innovative methods and technologies of radioactive waste and plant characterization, as well as material transport during dismantling. The most modern coating process, cold gas spraying, was also presented. This coating process allows corrosion and wear resistant coatings with high final density, high thermal and electrical conductivity and homogeneity.
The keynote was given by Dr. Cord-Heinrich Lefhalm, Head of Decommissioning Management at RWE Nuclear GmbH with his talk about “Innovations for efficient dismantling “. After he had outlined the decommissioning progress in the RWE fleet, he explained the optimization potential for increasing efficiency on concrete projects. The particular challenges of implementing these optimizations in the industrial nuclear environment were analysed by him and numerous questions were asked from the audience. Peter Berben, Head of ENGIES´s Decision for Decommissioning and Management of Radioactive Waste, gave a status update on the Belgian decommissioning program. Presentations in the thematic block “Strategies and Market Developments” presented VR-supported decommissioning projects, as well as holistic AI-based project planning tools that enable efficiency improvements in decommissioning projects. Subsequently, ongoing projects and lessons learned were presented. Dr. Ralf Versemann (Hochtemperatur - Kernkraftwerk GmbH) presented the experiences after 25 years of safe enclosure of the thorium high-temperature reactor (THTR). Representatives of the Spanish stat-owned company for the decommissioning and disposal of nuclear facilities and waste (ENRESA) vividly presented the entire dismantling of the Jose Cabrera NPP. Tuesday’s grand finale was the Conference Dinner sponsored by ENGIE and EQUANS at Schloss Rahe. After an extensive dinner a DJ created an exuberant party atmosphere.
The ICOND-Team would thank you for the positive feedback and look forward to welcoming you from 13th to 16th November 2023 to the next ICOND.