Matriculation Year: 2016
Masters, Decommissioning and Waste Management
Hello! I am Jia Hao. I am currently studying at CentraleSupélec in Paris as a nuclear energy master student. This program that I am enrolled in is an international nuclear energy program conducted in English that aims to students to meet the future needs of nuclear industry. As this is an international program, it is a great opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. This program is jointly operated by INSTN, Paris-Saclay University and many other partners like CEA & EDF. I have chose to study in France as it is a major player in the nuclear industry with 75% of total energy generated by nuclear energy. With 58 operational nuclear reactors and an incredible network of support facilities, the field trips to these facilities are eye-opening.
My study is currently focused on decommissioning and waste management. Decommissioning the decontamination and dismantling of nuclear facilities. Decommissioning is a complex and long process that aims to remove a nuclear facility and return the land to its initial clean state. In nuclear industry, the importance of decommissioning preparation is emphasised with the decommissioning experience from the previous decommissioning projects. Many decommissioning project have large increase in cost and manpower due to poor decommissioning preparation at the construction of nuclear facilities.
Waste management involves the treatment of waste both during nuclear operation and during decommissioning. This can be by products in uranium purification, depleted fuel or even activated products. These products are treated and stored in many different ways and the methods for proper disposal are still being researched currently. It will be challenging to think of how these methods can be applied in the South East Asia region.
I am also highly interested in radioprotection as I feel that safety is the number 1 priority in the nuclear industry. Radioprotection can be greatly improved with new materials and incorporation of new technologies like virtual reality and remote machinery to ensure personnel safety.