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CGN and AERIAL cooperate in civil-use non-power nuclear technology


CGN Dasheng Electron Accelerator Technology Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CGN Nuclear Technology Development Co, will cooperate with AERIAL in the application of nuclear technology in fruit preservation, food irradiation, and dose detection.

Xiao Feng, general manager of CGN Dasheng Electron Accelerator Technology, and Alain Strasser, general manager of AERIAL, signed a memorandum of understanding on April 3 during the 19th International Meeting on Radiation Processing in Strasbourg, France.

CGN Nuclear Technology Development is China’s first listed enterprise engaging in the application of civil-use non-power nuclear technology. It boasts a high-end industrial nuclear technology application chain centered on its electron accelerator and has rich experience in the industrialization of electron beams.

AERIAL is a technological resource center that owns 30 years of experience in irradiation processing technology. It is also a food irradiation center authorized by the International Atomic Energy Agency and author of several EU food irradiation standards.

The cooperation between the two companies will push forward CGN Nuclear Technology Development’s sci-tech poverty alleviation and food preservation projects, helping them expand into Chinese and international third-party markets, and injecting new impetuses to their nuclear technology research and industrialization.

CGN Nuclear Technology Development showcased the latest electron accelerator and its application in material modification, disinfection and sterilization, industrial wastewater treatment, non-hazardous treatment of antibiotic bacterial residue, and agricultural product preservation during the International Meeting on Radiation Processing.

Xiao Feng, the only Chinese member of the International Irradiation Association, delivered a keynote speech titled ‘Irradiation Landscape in Asia,’ which introduced the innovation capability, as well as the current status and prospects of China, Japan, South Korea, and India regarding nuclear technology application. He also promoted the company’s latest scientific research and industrialization achievements in electron beam irradiation processing.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of China-France diplomatic ties. CGN has been a major driving force behind China-France nuclear power cooperation over the past 30 years, which started with the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) that was built under its collaboration with Electricité de France (EDF) and Famatome.

Additionally, Unit 1 of the Taishan NPP, jointly built by China and France, became the world's first European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) to be put into commercial operation in late 2018. The Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C, and Bradwell B projects in the UK are the touchstones of the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and France.

Hu Dongming, general manager of CGN Nuclear Technology Development, pledged to ramp up cooperation with French enterprises in nuclear technology application, making contribution to China-France commercial collaboration and cultural integration.

Founded in 1976, the International Meeting on Radiation Processing is held every 30 months. It has now grown into one of the most important platforms for exchanges in the irradiation processing field. More than 500 insiders from 45 countries around the world participated the meeting and shared their experience in the innovative development of irradiation processing technology.