Research and development

Research and development (R&D) plays a crucial role in Olkiluoto and supports the strategy of the TVO Group. The main focus areas of our research include, for example, lifetime management, safe and reliable operations, new energy businesses, and the management of very low-, low-, and intermediate-level radioactive waste.

‍The R&D activities at Olkiluoto are guided by the three operational nuclear power plants of the group, all of which are to be kept in a continually like-new condition. It is clear that there has been a lot to modernize, particularly in the over 40-year-old OL1 and OL2 plant units, such as in the area of plant digitalization.

Thanks to R&D, Olkiluoto utilizes modern technology and benefits from it. The unit is responsible for pre-testing the suitability, safety, and usability of the planned technology for the plant. Currently, particularly relevant topics for Olkiluoto's R&D activities include artificial intelligence, materials research especially concerning steel and concrete structures, and the potential use of 3D printing materials at the plants.

Olkiluoto's own experts in R&D engage in close and innovative collaboration with Fortum and Swedish nuclear power companies and are involved in both national and international working communities.