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 dismantling of a reactor building ceiling crane by means of scaffolding, as well as the topics: robotics, cutting and decontamination technologies, as well as the modelling of logistics in the NPP were presented on the second day of the conference in the thematic block “Decommissioning Technologies”. Newly developed tools, such as a mobile attachment for automated crack milling or for cold cutting of nozzles of the reactor pressure vessel were presented. Thierry Delvigne from Syscade opened with his presentation on improved activity determination of waste drums on “Plant and Waste Characterization” and Dr. Bo Cederwall concluded with his presentation of neutron gamma emission tomography. The last day of the conference was opened by Niels Belmans from the SCK CEN Academy on the “EURAD School of Radioactive Waste Management & Release”. Arne Larsson from Cyclife Sweden AB rounded off the topic block "Residual material management & release" with his presentation on the release and recycling of metals into new products, to a coherent overall package.
Proven network formats such as “Business Speed Networking” were also very popular again. At the "Get Together" numerous new business deals and cooperations were initiated in a relaxed atmosphere. As part of the “Exhibitor Road Show”, the exhibiting companies introduced themselves to several small groups within 2 minutes. Students and young professionals established initial contacts with potential future employers in the “Meet your Company”. We were enthused about the positive feedback and are look forward to welcoming you back to the ICOND 2023 (Nov 13th-16th 2023) in Aachen.