Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems BehaviourThe LRS as a laboratory of the Energy and Safety Division (NES) of the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) is engaged in both analytical and experimental R&D related to the operation of current and future nuclear power plants. Its strategic goal is to strengthen the sustainability of nuclear power via research along the following two principal lines
- Improved understanding of the complex phenomenology of nuclear safety,
- Physics of complete fuel cycle closure in the context of plutonium management and waste reduction.
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At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, a small group of scientists is using theoretical models to explore an alternative for future nuclear reactors: so-called molten salt reactors. This helps to secure Switzerland’s expertise regarding globally relevant questions in the area of nuclear energy and reactor safety, for today and tomorrow.
22. February 2016Miscellaneous Energy and Environment Nuclear Power Plant Safety
Start of the public examination period for decommissioning of the nuclear facility Proteus at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
The nuclear research facility Proteus is a so-called zero-power reactor. In service, the thermal output of the reactor was limited to a maximum of 1 kW. That means this is an experimental reactor that was run at a power level so low that it did not require cooling. Proteus went into service in 1968. The PSI would like to decommission the facility. The decommissioning project is now being publicly announced in the legally prescribed, official publications.