PALO ALTO, Calif. (December 12, 2012) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today that Chugoku Electric Power Company Inc. in Japan will join its nuclear research program in 2013. This move will provide Chugoku with access to EPRI research results and technical guidance related to the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants.
The collaboration also will enable EPRI and its global membership to collect data and draw lessons from the operating experience at Chugoku’s two nuclear units at the Shimane facility.
“Chugoku’s membership strengthens the ties between Japan’s commercial nuclear power industry and the broader global nuclear community,” said Neil Wilmshurst, EPRI chief nuclear officer.
“While we have already been engaged with Chugoku in a few of our research programs, the full membership will provide access to a wider suite of technical topics, from materials and equipment reliability to radiation management and nuclear fuel performance.”
A signing ceremony took place in Hiroshima, Japan, on December 11.
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The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.