Welcome to the Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department!
The Paul Scherrer Institute has a long tradition in energy research. With
respect to nuclear energy, PSI has a unique position in Switzerland. This is
due to its heavy infrastructure, namely the Hot Laboratory with so-called ‘hot
cells’, well equipped and shielded zones for work and research on radioactive
material, and the PROTEUS facility for reactor physics investigations. In addition,
the nuclear energy department takes advantage of PSI’s large facilities,
the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SLS) and the Spallation Neutron Source
Based on this infrastructure and the know-how of its collaborators the Department
is involved in three main topics of research: Safety of currently operating
light-water reactors, safety characteristics of future reactor concepts and
related fuel cycles, and long-term safety of deep geological repositories
for nuclear wastes of all kind.
The work is being done on behalf of the Federal Government and in close
cooperation with the Swiss nuclear utilities, the national waste management
organization, Nagra, and the national regulatory authority, ENSI.
It also includes scientific services for the nuclear power plants. Most of
the research is connected with international projects on a multi- or bi-national