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We participate in the 27th edition of Women in Nuclear Global in Madrid

Maliaño, June 26, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the 27th edition of Women in Nuclear Global held recently in Madrid; a forum for women professionals in the nuclear sector in which different nuclear issues related to innovation and technology were discussed, among others.

María Vega, director of Business Development of Ensa, spoke at Session 1: Long-term operation of NPP and sustainability with the presentation with the title: “Expansion of the storage capacity of spent fuel through dry storage systems ”

Ensa presented 4 posters: “Internal Segmentation Reactor”, carried out by Sofía Corino, Mario Pérez and Pablo Echaure together with Domingo García from GE Hitachi; “Vacuum Vessel Assembly Welding: Ending of Development Phase” by Sofía Corino, Luis A. Blanco and Óscar Arenal, “Nuclear Spent Fuel Management: Cask- Design, Licensing, Manufacturing and Loading” and “Design And Development Of Multiples Components For The Civil Nuclear Industry “, both designed by Elena Mayordomo, Lucía Bilbao, Beatriz Santamaría, Ignacio Ortiz and Tan Lin.

For the company this type of meetings ” are always positive to strengthen existing ties with professionals in the sector and encourage new alliances that can generate future business opportunities.”

Address new challenges and technological needs, objective of the ninth annual meeting between Ensa and UC

Engineering design, environment and waste management or Technology 4.0 are some of the issues addressed in the joint session between Ensa technicians and UC researchers

 Santander, June 12, 2019.- Exploring new collaboration opportunities in order to address different technological challenges and needs is the objective of the ninth annual meeting held this morning between the University of Cantabria and Equipos Nucleares, S.A., S.M.E. at the company’s facilities in Maliaño.

Each year a conference is organized with the participation of more than twenty researchers and technicians who highlight the potential areas of collaboration in different areas of knowledge, related to economic and business issues; design engineering; environment and waste management; projects with manufacturing; o Technology 4.0, among others.

Ensa’s Project director, Miguel Ángel Andérez, expressed his interest in “continuing to celebrate these joint days in which we intend to continue the collaborations that have been maintained over the years.” He also highlighted the importance of “making known the work that the company does to the university and what the university can contribute to the company.”

The rector of the UC, Angel Pazos Carro, described as “a privileged” the relationship between the UC and Ensa at the time of “exchange knowledge, develop applied projects, as well as to take advantage of the possibilities in both research and training.” For the rector, the meeting held today is on the way of “putting knowledge at the service of Ensa and at the same time, that Ensa can transmit its application needs to the university” and therefore, it is an “example of what that it has to be the transfer of knowledge technology between university and company”, he said.

For his part, the vice rector of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Javier Léon, pointed the close collaboration between UC and Ensa that serves to “put Ensa technicians in contact with UC researchers and meet their needs”.

Ensa strengthens its robotic welding systems

Maliaño, 30th of Mayo, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E continues successfully executing robotic welds for the ITER project .

Recently they have been completed, thanks to the good performance of the Manufacturing area in the use of the systems developed in the Advanced Technology Center , the complex unions in several welding positions of components aimed at the manufacture of this project.

Robotic welding systems designed in the CTA, have achieved very satisfactory results, positioning the welding processes of the Cantabrian company as leaders in terms of quality and productivity.

Ensa and GE develop a control rod blade and fuel channels segmentation technology

Maliaño, April 30, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E , with General Electric-Hitachi GEH, have developed a technological solution for the processing of the control rod blade and fuel channels sementation technology. This solution is applicable to dismantling phase and during the operation of the plants, because the segmentation technology permits to perform the work reliably and safely, avoiding the release of gases, such as boron carbide or tritium.

With this new technology of cutting it is possible to reduce the volume of waste and maximize the storage capacity of spent fuel pools.

During its application in Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Valencia, a significant reduction in the volume occupied by the control rods and irradiated fuel channels has been achieved, which will allow the plant to continue operating without space problems during the coming years: In particular, a total of 120 positions have been released on the hangers of the control rods and 12 positions on the fuel storage racks.

In addition, the equipment is modular, allowing its installation in areas of reduced space, and carrying out cutting activities in parallel with other plant operation activities.

Ensa participates in SOLECOM project to look for more efficient solutions in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials

Maliaño, April, 17, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participates, within a consortium established by INGECID and the University of Cantabria Research organization; GITECO, in the SOLECOM project,  financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and European Fund for regional development , to look for new more efficient solutions  in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials.

The objective of the project is the development of a system for the storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants. Overcome this challenge of designing and manufacturing metal casks, with several competitive advantages over other existing in the market, the next phase is to adapt the knowledge acquired to the design of a cask of ‘canister’ type concrete and apply it to both fuel storage of Spanish plants as well as any power plant that works with this system, which will provide the nuclear industry with a more efficient solution and improve the long-term storage security through Spanish technology.

Due to the diversity of spent nuclear fuel management strategies in the world, the concrete cask “canister” type are very demanded, why the importance of this new project of I+D+I to find a more efficient cask.

The CINC celebrates the Seminar “Current situation, Challenges and Perspectives for the future in the Nuclear Industry”

Maliaño, March 13, 2019.- The Cluster of the Nuclear Industry of Cantabria celebrates tomorrow the conference “Current Situation, Challenges and Perspectives for the Future in the Nuclear Industry”.

The event, which will take place in the Chamber of Commerce of Santander and Cantabria from 10:00 am, will allow knowing the current situation and future opportunities within the Nuclear Industry sector.

The day, which will be opened by Sodercan, will be used to present the Activity Report of the business conglomerate during 2018.

The CINC will have three luxury speakers: Ivan Baldwin, president of the  Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster , who will speak about the importance of regional clustering and international cooperation; Jose Antonio Gago, general director of the Ascó Vandellós Nuclear Association that will deal with the technical and economic sustainability of the Spanish nuclear power plants: current situation and future prospects and Teresa Rodrigo, director of the Institute of Physics of Cantabria , who will discuss about the scientific infrastructure and its relationship with nuclear facilities.

The speakers

Iván Baldwin, chairman of the BECBC; an energy cluster of more than 300 companies based in North West England. He has more than 20 years of experience working in highly regulated sectors such as defense, construction and nuclear energy and building multiple relationships with commercial success in the UK and overseas markets.

For his part, Jose Antonio Gago, worked at ENRESA where he held various responsibilities related to the management of spent fuel and high-level waste, at ENDESA he was sub director of Engineering and Fuel Cycle of the General Directorate of Nuclear Energy and since 2009 he has worked in ANAV, the company that operates the Ascó 1 and 2 nuclear power plants and Vandellós II. Since May 2012 he is the general director of this Association. He is currently a member of the Board of irectors of the Foro Nuclear and has been the president of the Sociedad Nuclear Española during 2017 and 2018.

Teresa Rodrigo is professor of Physics at the University of Cantabria. She participates in experiments of Physics in Particles Accelerators, which are developed in large laboratories such as the CERN in Geneva or the FERMILAB in Chicago-US. She has participated in the most relevant experiments in the area of her ​​specialty that have taken place in the last decades, which is reflected in a long list of scientific publications.

Ensa calculates its carbon footprint, verified by AENOR

Maliaño, January 30th, 2019. – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E is calculating its carbon footprint that is being verified by AENOR .

The carbon footprint measures greenhouse gas emissions that are emitted into the atmosphere as a result of our activity in society. The Cantabrian company maintains a commitment to fight against global warming that is reflected in this initiative, with which it aims to reduce the impact of its activities in this area through the implementation of measures that contribute to reducing the carbon footprint each year.

Its products and services help to generate carbon-free energy, a fundamental aspect at a time when climate change has the greatest environmental impact at a global level, and where EU policies focus efforts on reducing GEI emissions and in the transition towards a low carbon energy model.

Ensa’s environmental policy is aligned with European and national policies, maintaining a principle of efficient use of energy, which translates into an objective of reducing energy consumption and the associated carbon footprint.

Consequently with the transparency policy, the footprint is being verified by AENOR and the registration in the Carbon Footprint, Compensation and Carbon Dioxide Absorption Projects Registry of the Ministry of Energy Transition is considered created by Real Decreto 163/2014.

Ensa collaborates with the University of Cantabria and the CSIC in a project on non-destructive ultrasonic testing techniques

Maliaño, December 17th, 2018 – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E collaborated with the University of Cantabria and the Higher Council for Scientific Research in a project related to the techniques of non-destructive testing by ultrasound whose objective was that the Cantabrian company improve its training in two new generation techniques Phased Array and TOFD.

The execution of this project is translated in terms of innovation for Ensa, due to the fact that the advanced ultrasound tests can contribute to guarantee the quality of the welds in the welding station itself.

This collaboration has served to launch a new inspection technology project aimed at robotizing tests for the ITER project with which the Cantabrian company and the UC will continue working together.

The project was financed by the Ministry of Innovation, Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Government of Cantabria through the European Regional Development Fund .

Ensa participated in the Heavy Fabrication Summit (HFS2018) in Finland

Maliaño, December 12th, 2018-. Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the Heavy Manufacturing Summit held at the Pemamek headquarters in Loimaa, Finland whose main objective was to make known the latest welding trends to increase quality, productivity and efficiency in heavy manufacturing.

The event was attended by over a hundred participants from companies around the world who came together to learn about the latest trends in heavy welding , recent innovations in this field and ways to increase production capacity. In addition, there were live demonstrations of six different automated PEMA welding and production solutions. Domingo Lima, head of the Center for Advanced Technology represented the Cantabrian company there.

Ensa collaborates again with SANDIA and PNNL (USA ) and BAM (Germany) laboratories

Maliaño, December 3, 2018 – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has reached a new agreement with the American research laboratories of SANDIA and PNNL – with whom already collaborated in a project to measure vibrations during the transport of its ENUN 32P cask in 2017 – by which it will make available to SANDIA the 1/3 scale model of the cask, so that a series of new tests can be carried out in the facilities of the BAM research Centre, in Berlin . Ensa’s technicians will support SANDIA, PNNL and BAM through the tests that will be carried out in this Centre.

The foreseen tests are framed in the verification of the behaviour of the cask and the spent fuel  for compliance with the safety requirements indicated in the Normal Conditions of Transport, which are required in the licensing processes of casks for the Transport mode, according to the current IAEA regulations .

As indicated above, the scale model to be used was built in Ensa for the tests performed under Normal Transport Conditions and Hypothetical Accident Conditions, carried out at the SANDIA facilities , to validate the design of the ENUN 32P cask and the impact limiters of all the casks of the ENUN family, checking the accelerations suffered by the cask, while in this new project the accelerations suffered by the fuel will be checked in greater detail.

Once the tests are completed, all the equipment will return to Ensa while SANDIA and PNNL will be in charge of post-processing and analysing the results obtained. This new collaboration confirms the preparation of Ensa’s technological equipment and its positioning in the research of more advanced products.