Our partners around the world
As the French nuclear knowledge hub, the SFEN is often quoted as a reference and it is frequently invited on the international scene.
The association is a founding member of the European Nuclear Society (ENS) and one of the most dynamic. The ENS federates the 23 learned nuclear societies of Europe. The SFEN also collaborates regularly with the European Union institutions, the OECD and the IAEA, with the aim of enhancing knowledge of the nuclear field.
International agreements on common actions
The international cooperation agreements signed between the SFEN and the learned nuclear societies of other countries focus on four priority objectives:
- To build up a knowledge network between the members of each learned society.
- To organise events in common or in turn (seminars, conferences, visits of nuclear installations …) in order to promote nuclear culture.
- To exchange scientific, technical and economic information... In its magazine, Revue Générale Nucléaire, the SFEN invites it partners to present their work
- To facilitate student exchanges in the field of nuclear energy and to obtain funding for theses.
Strengthening nuclear culture in those countries who wish to develop this energy
The SFEN offers its expertise and support to countries who are seeking to develop their own nuclear energy. The association has signed agreements to this end with its Polish and Turkish counterparts.
The association plans to work with other countries who wish to gain access to nuclear energy. It is also hoping to provide assistance to countries who are in the process of strengthening their nuclear industry, such as Brazil or South Africa.
Nuclear for Climate
Aware of the urgency to fight climate change and of the need to reach a worldwide agreement, the international nuclear community is mobilizing its efforts in an initiative called “Nuclear for Climate”.
This initiative is piloted by the SFEN and is the first of its kind on the international scale. Learned societies and nuclear forums from all over the world have joined forces in this project which is also the first of its kind in terms of diversity as it federates representatives from the entire nuclear community.
Nuclear for Climate will seize the opportunity offered by the 2015 Climate Talks (COP21) in Paris to convey a strong message: nuclear energy, together with renewable energies, is part of the solution to fight efficiently against climate change.
The SFEN’s partner countries
Since its creation, the SFEN has signed cooperation agreements with 17 learned nuclear societies in foreign countries and maintains regular contact with the European members of the European Nuclear Society (ENS).
The SFEN has been working in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Association – ANA since 2003.
Australia is one of the world’s biggest uranium producers. The country does not yet have a nuclear power plant but operates a nuclear research reactor, OPAL (Open Pool Australian Light Water Reactor).
The SFEN and its Canadian peer, the CNS (Canadian Nuclear Society) have been working together since 1989 on the development of nuclear sciences and techniques.
17 of the 22 reactors built in Canada supply electricity. The others are research reactors: the country is one of the world’s most valuable suppliers of medical isotopes.
1983 saw the beginning of a long-running partnership between the Chinese Nuclear Society (CNS) and the SFEN. Concerted actions include mutual invitations of experts, visits to nuclear installations and congresses.
Established in 1980, the CNS counts 9 500 individual members and 133 organisations (enterprises, research institutes and universities).
China’s ongoing pollution problems due to carbonic gas emissions have led the country to diversify its mix by developing nuclear energy. 17 nuclear reactors are already in operation, producing 2% of Chinese electricity. 30 are currently under construction and a further 59 are planned. Nuclear energy will play an important role in meeting the government’s target of 15% low carbon energies in 2020.
The SFEN delegation visits the construction site of the two EPR reactors in Taishan – Copyright SFEN
The SFEN and the Korean Nuclear Society (KNS) have been working together since 1989. Supported by its 2700 members, the KNS carries out many significant actions to promote nuclear energy.
With 23 reactors, nuclear energy accounts for 30 % of the country’s electricity. Due to increasing demand, South Korea is planning to pursue the development of nuclear in order to secure its energy independence and to gain access to more competitive electricity. The country’s nuclear fleet should reach a capacity of 43 GWe arond 2035.
The SFEN works very closely with its American counterpart, the American Nuclear Society (ANS), particularly via the French section of the ANS, the SFANS. Together they regularly organise major international conferences in France such as ICAPP and GLOBAL.
The ANS was founded in 1954 and counts more than 10 000 members representing over 1600 enterprises, universities and State organisations.
The United States possess the biggest nuclear fleet in the world with 104 reactors. The American government is voluntarily committed to the fight against climate change. It invests in nuclear research and is particularly interested in the development of SMR (Small Modular Reactors).
Meeting between the SFANS and the American Nuclear Society – Copyright SFEN
La SFEN is a founding member of the European Nuclear Society (ENS). The ENS brings together 23 European nuclear societies plus Israel and 60 firms who work in the sector.
With 131 reactors in operation, nuclear energy produces 30 % of the European Union’s electricity and half of the zone’s low-carbon electricity.
The SFEN and its Indian counterpart, the Indian Nuclear Society (INS), have been working on various projects together since the year 2000.
Established in 1988, the INS counts over 5 500 members and 80 firms from the Indian nuclear industry.
India engaged in its nuclear programme from the moment the country gained its independence. India operates 20 nuclear reactors, but the atom satisfies less than 4 % of the country’s electricity needs. The world’s largest democracy is currently building 7 new reactors and intends to build a further 18. India is a fervent developer of Generation IV reactors.
The SFEN and the Japanese nuclear energy society (AESJ) have been working together to promote nuclear energy since 1996.
The AESJ was created in 1959. Its membership counts 7000 professionals from the Japanese nuclear sector.
With 54 reactors, Japan’s nuclear fleet is comparable to that of France. The Fukushima accident has led to a temporary halt in nuclear production but before the incident the Japanese reactor fleet produced 30 % of the country’s electricity supply.
The first partnership agreements between the SFEN and the Kazakhstan Nuclear Society (NSK) were signed in 2010.
Established in 1993, the NSK strives to nurture nuclear culture in a country which does not yet possess its own nuclear power plant.
Kazakhstan is the world’s top producer of uranium. In 2013, it supplied 38% of the world’s total production. It had only one nuclear power plant, which was put into service in 1972 and permanently shut down in 1999. The government is currently considering building new power plants and several projects are being discussed with Russia and Japan.
In 2011, the SFEN entered into a partnership with the Moroccan Association for Nuclear Engineering and Reactor Technology (GMTR).
The GMTR was created in 2011 and is composed of academics, researchers and holders of specialised master and doctoral degrees in nuclear physics. The GMTR’s main objective is to maintain a watch on technological developments related to nuclear energy.
Morocco first research reactor was put into operation in 2007 at the nuclear research centre in Maamora. The country is expecting to create a Nuclear Safety Authority in the near future.
The 2014 World Nuclear Exhibition provided the perfect opportunity to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement between the SFEN and its counterpart, the Mongolian Nuclear Society.
Mongolia is endowed with abundant uranium resources and is intending to introduce nuclear energy as from 2021. Three potential sites have been identified to locate the first reactors: the capital city Oulan Bator, the western region of Mongolia and the province of Dornod.
Signature of the agreement between MNS and SFEN – Copyright SFEN
In 2013, the SFEN signed a cooperation agreement with its counterpart, Polskie Towarzystwo Nukleoniczne (PTN).
The Polish utility PGE has announced its plans to connect a supplementary 3 000 MWe of nuclear-generated electricity to its power grid. A first production unit is expected to be operational in 2025.
Signature of the agreement between SFEN and PTN – Copyright SFEN
The SFEN and the Nuclear Society of Russia (NSR) established their partnership in 1996.
The NSR was founded in 1989 and has become the unquestionable knowledge hub on nuclear energy in Russia.
Russia has one of the largest nuclear fleets in the world (49 reactors) and takes advantage of its long experience, its financial strengths and its natural market (particularly central Europe) to boost its nuclear industry’s export trade.
The SFEN and the Turkish Society of Nuclear Engineers signed a partnership agreement (NMD - Nükleer Mühendisleri Dernegi) in 2015.
The NMD is an association of 180 Turkish nuclear engineers. Established in 1992, its main mission is to support training programmes in the field of nuclear engineering.
Construction work on the country’s first nuclear power plant will begin in 2015 at Akkuyu, on the Mediterranean coast. As from 2017, AREVA and the Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi will start building four nuclear reactors at Sinop (Black Sea coast). This will be the first series of Atmea 1 1200 MWe Generation III reactors.
Signature of the agreement between SFEN and NMD – Copyright SFEN
The SFEN and the Romanian Nuclear Society (AREN - Asociatia Romana Energia Nucleara) signed a nuclear cooperation agreement in 1996.
AREN was established in 1990 and counts more than 200 individual and institutional members.
Romania has been operating two Canadian-designed CANDU reactors at Cernavoda since 1996. This power plant produces 20 % of the country’s electricity. Plans are in process to build 2 new reactors on the same site.
The SFEN and Nuclear Institute (NI) began working together in 1994 and the partnership is very active.
The NI was established in 2009, regrouping the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES) and the Institution of Nuclear Engineers (INE).
With 16 reactors, nuclear energy already provides 18 % of the country’s electricity supply. Concerns to reduce carbon gas emissions and to guarantee security of supply have incited the United Kingdom to invest in a massive nuclear programme and in plans to build a nuclear capacity of some 16 GW, that is to say, around a dozen new reactors.
Cooperation agreements between the European Nuclear Society, the SFEN and its Israeli counterpart, the INS (Israeli Nuclear Society) were signed in 1985.
Israel does not have a nuclear power plant but has been operating the nuclear research reactor at Dimona for many years.