The central concept of NI2050, beyond technology development aspects, consists of building together, among truly interested parties, pipelines for testing, validation and qualification of technologies before these technologies become industrial products, ensuring that all stakeholders, in particular regulators, are involved from an early stage of the process. These pipelines have to be set up and themselves validated using a sample of the technology, selected together by all stakeholders. Once a pipeline is operational for a technology, industry may then use it for qualifying industry products, in a much more effective way than having to redo the full qualification process from scratch for each new product and for each separate country or market.
NEA (2019), The Nuclear Innovation 2050 Initiative: An NEA initiative to accelerate R&D and market deployment of innovative nuclear fission technologies to contribute to a sustainable energy future, OECD Publishing, Paris
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