Serpong – BRIN Public Relations. Nuclear energy is a renewable energy resource that is environmentally friendly. Its utilization is in line with the Indonesian government’s efforts towards Net Zero Emission (NZE) by 2060. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through the Nuclear Energy Research Organization (ORTN) conducts R&D on technology for producing fuel used for power reactor of the type of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) as one of efforts to support construction of nuclear power plant in Indonesia.

This was conveyed by Acting Head of the Center for Nuclear Fuel and Radioactive Waste Cycle Research and Technology (PRTDBBNLR) – ORTN, Syaiful Bakhri on Thursday (24/3) in an online Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with the Indonesian Nuclear Society Association (HIMNI) and BATAN Golden Age Association (BGA).

“We have to prepare the mastery of PWR fuel technology from now on. If the Net Zero Emission is really launched in 2060, then by 2040 we must prepare the type of nuclear power plant to be built,” said Syaiful. “It is impossible for us to decide on the type of nuclear power plant to be built without really considering the fuel,” he continued.

According to Syaiful, it is important for us to master this fuel capability from now on. “For example, how we make the prototype, how we model it, and how we see the quality assurance, certification, benchmarking. This is a long process. Hopefully in 2040 we can already master it,” he said.

Syaiful hopes that the nuclear fuel cycle group in the PRTDBBNLR can be implemented in more detail in the form of program home funding, research, or publications that will synergize with one another.

“Future research will be carried out not only by one research center, but it should embrace other research centers in BRIN and outside BRIN, for example universities and so on. So that it can support and promote nuclear technology, especially in terms of production and mastery of PWR fuel technology,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, ORTN’s Senior Researcher, Djarot S. Wisnubroto conveyed the importance of sharing experience, science and knowledge, especially related to R&D on nuclear fuel technology to the younger generation. “So that it can be passed on by a new generation or other colleagues who still do these activities. Share how colleagues in Bandung and Serpong (ORTN-BRIN, ed.) carry out research on PWR fuel,” said Djarot.

“So that there is a continuation, not repeating what has been done before. Hopefully we can continue research on nuclear fuel activities. There is a kind of Nuclear Knowledge Management,” he hoped.

The FGD under the theme “Towards PWR Nuclear Fuel Independence” presented three resource persons from ORTN-BRIN, Prof. Dr. Efrizon Umar, Prof. Dani Gustamam Syarif, and Dr. Djoko Hadi Prajitno. Each resource person shared their experience related to the track record, R&D activities on nuclear fuel that were carried out at the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) from 1986 to 1990. (msb,la/ed.my)