We introduce ourselves

Kerntechnik Deutschland e. V. (KernD) was founded in 1959 as DAtF (Deutsches Atomforum e. V.). In 2019, it merged with the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Technology Association (WKK) to form KernD.

Its members include organisations from all sectors and fields of application of nuclear technology: manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, universities and research institutes, trade associations, etc.

The association sees itself as a competence centre for public and regulatory dialogue in the field of nuclear technology. In terms of content, KernD deals, among other things, with dismantling and disposal, radiation protection, the nuclear industry and research location, especially with regard to reactor safety research, transport and nuclear technology in everyday life.

The supreme body of KernD is the General Meeting. The General Assembly elects the Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of the Chairperson, the two Deputy Chairpersons, the Treasurer and a maximum of five other members of the Executive Board.

Executive Board (within the meaning of §26 BGB)

Thomas Seipolt, Managing Director, NUKEM Technologies GmbH

Deputy Chairwoman
Carsten Haferkamp, Managing Director, Framatome GmbH

Dr Jörg Harren, Managing Director of Urenco Deutschland GmbH

Daniel Oehr, CEO, GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

Managing Director

Dr Thomas Behringer

Nuclear Technology Germany e. V. (KernD)

Berliner Strasse 88 A
13467 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 319 88 2 99

INFORUM Verlags- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH is active in the field of professional development with its seminar programme Communication and Training for Nuclear Technology and organises KERNTECHNIK, the specialist conference for the nuclear industry in Germany, one of the world's most renowned events with experts from Germany and abroad as well as an accompanying international industry exhibition, for KernD (Kerntechnik Deutschland e. V.) and KTG (Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e. V.).

INFORUM also publishes the atw - International Journal for Nuclear Power and issues publications, particularly on the subject of nuclear technology and nuclear energy.

INFORUM was founded in 1987 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of KernD (formerly DAtF).

Managing Director
Dr Thomas Behringer

INFORUM Verlags- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Berliner Strasse 88 A
13467 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 319 88 2 99

The specialised work of Nuclear Technology Germany e. V. (KernD) largely takes place in the following specialised committees. These are in close contact with both governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as other industry associations.

System security

The standard working topics of the expert committee are: Protection against sabotage and other external influences, access control, security systems and detectors, perpetrator scenarios, internal perpetrator issues, transport security, training and further training of OSD personnel, reliability checks, IT protection and sub-legal property protection regulations.

Public and international law

The Technical Committee has the task of monitoring legislation, case law and administrative practice at a national and international level and contributing industry positions to the discussions by issuing statements in the context of association hearings. In addition, the Technical Committee deals with issues of international law and international relations, in particular export law and export controls in general, EU nuclear energy policy and the development of the EC Dual Use Regulation in particular, as well as non-proliferation policy, EU nuclear co-operation agreements and the IAEA nuclear conventions and, last but not least, uranium market developments

Nuclear Safety Officer

The technical committee serves the exchange of experience of nuclear safety officers with the following tasks: The evaluation of reportable and other events in their own plant, to participate in the development of resulting remedial and improvement measures, to immediately inform the operator of findings on safety deficiencies and suggestions for their elimination and for increasing safety. They must also co-operate in the planning of changes to the installation or its operation and check the reporting of notifiable events.

Nuclear transports

The Technical Committee deals with all issues that are or may become relevant in connection with the transport of radioactive materials. This begins with legislation and standardisation, authorisation and supervision and ends with practical problems of implementation, i.e. shipping, transport, handling, storage and reception in a national, international and multinational context.

Public relations

The main purpose of the expert committee is to exchange experiences on public relations issues at the individual locations of the association's member companies. Furthermore, the Technical Committee is also dedicated to all cross-company communication issues. The association's public relations work on individual topics relating to nuclear energy and nuclear technology is organised in close cooperation with the member companies. Position papers, trade fairs, events and web content are also the subject of the specialised committee's work. 

Radioactive waste

The Technical Committee is dedicated to all technical and legal issues that are or may become relevant in the context of waste management, i.e. waste management, decommissioning and final disposal. This begins with legislation and standardisation, continues with licensing and supervision and ends with practical problems of implementation in a national and international context.

Slit material monitoring

Implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol, the EU Safeguards Regulation, special safeguard topics, verification aspects, developments in the safeguards concept, ESARDA and IAEA support programmes are among the main areas of work of this technical committee.

Radiation protection

The Technical Committee is dedicated to all issues relevant to radiation protection, such as legislation, standardisation, emission and immission monitoring, clearance and release from nuclear law, measures during normal operation and in the event of incidents.

Dr Thomas Behringer
Managing Director

49 (0)30 319 88 299 (secretary's office)

Nicolas Wendler
Press and Politics KernD, atw editorial office

+49 172 237 91 84


Nicole Koch
Conference management, atw editorial office

+49 163 777 27 97


Our members

Advanced Nuclear Fuels GmbH (ANF), based in Lingen, Germany, is a subsidiary of Framatome GmbH. ANF is part of the world's leading nuclear technology company Framatome SAS, Paris, which belongs to the EDF Group.

ANF manufactures fuel elements, intermediate products and fuel element components for nuclear power plants on behalf of Framatome for the European and global market and thus supplies nuclear power plants with nuclear fuel. In addition, the international business with technology, products and services has been successfully expanded for years.

ETC is an international high-tech company whose main business is the development, manufacture and installation of gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment. ETC also supplies its customers with aluminum piping and is a provider of project management, plant design and engineering services. This makes ETC a highly specialized supplier within the nuclear energy industry, making a significant contribution to the energy supply with CO in numerous countries around the world.2-low nuclear energy. The company works to the highest safety standards and protects its sensitive technology in a responsible manner.

ETC and its subsidiaries are also active in other market segments. Pronexos is an ETC company providing specialized manufacturing products and services to high-tech industries with a particular focus on carbon fiber products. Stornetic offers high-quality technology solutions in the form of flywheel systems with a focus on sustainable energy supply. ‎

ETC currently employs around 900 people across its five locations in Capenhurst (UK), Jülich (Germany), Almelo (Netherlands), Tricastin (France) and Eunice (USA) and is growing due to increasing global demand for CO2-poor energy.

Framatome's teams in Germany combine their comprehensive engineering and design skills and thereby make a significant contribution to the highest quality standards in nuclear technology and other high-tech industries around the world.

Thanks to our expertise in the maintenance and modernization of nuclear power plants, we make a significant contribution to making nuclear power plants around the world even safer and more reliable and increasing their efficiency.

At four locations, Framatome employees develop and manufacture fuel elements, develop complex safety systems, offer engineering services and specialize in services and products for the dismantling of nuclear facilities.

The expertise of the teams in Germany extends beyond the nuclear industry: they also contribute to the energy transition, for example through the development of hydrogen filling stations and storage solutions. In this way, Framatome is also contributing to the expansion of low-carbon solutions for power generation and energy storage.

Framatome in Germany consists of Framatome GmbH and its subsidiary Advanced Nuclear Fuels GmbH. Their research and testing capabilities are also used by customers from non-nuclear industries with high security requirements, e.g. B. the railway, automotive and chemical industries, as well as from research institutions around the world

For 50 years, GNS has been offering reliable and efficient solutions for nuclear waste disposal during the operation, decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities. The GNS Group is a specialist in the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear reactors as well as in the safe processing, packaging and storage of low- and medium-level radioactive waste and residues resulting from the operation of nuclear power plants. In addition, GNS offers comprehensive solutions for all phases of decommissioning and dismantling, from the creation of fuel freedom to the dismantling and packaging of large components such as the reactor pressure vessels and their internals.

In Germany, GNS, as a subsidiary of the four major energy suppliers, is entrusted with the complete disposal of residual materials and waste from German nuclear power plants, including delivery to the federal government's interim storage facilities. In addition to this responsible task, GNS also successfully offers its products and services internationally for the disposal of nuclear power plants, which are now used on four continents.

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research neutron source (FRM II) is a central scientific institute of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on the Garching research campus. It supplies neutrons for science, industry and medicine. It is financed by Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art (StMWK). Research at FRM II is additionally funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Researchers worldwide can use the neutrons. This represents a cooperation, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center (MLZ), between TUM, research center Julich and Helmholtz Center Hereon with the participation of Max Planck Society and nine other university groups. The MLZ is financed by the BMBF and StMWK as well as partners in the cooperation.

As a service facility for visiting researchers, the MLZ has 27 scientific instruments for measurements with neutrons and positrons. The guest researchers apply for measurement time. Every year, up to 1,200 scientists use the neutrons for their experiments. The industry The neutrons are also available, for example silicon for the semiconductor industry to dope or radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.

As was the case 100 years ago, Kraftanlagen Heidelberg is an innovative pioneer in the development of future-oriented technologies for the power plants of tomorrow in order to provide future generations with safe, reliable and sustainable energy production.

We specialize in services that cover the entire life cycle of nuclear facilities. Today, our core competence – in addition to special projects in China and various business activities in Switzerland – primarily includes the post-operation phase, the dismantling of nuclear facilities as well as the planning and delivery of systems for the treatment, conditioning and disposal of radioactive waste.

Kraftanlagen Heidelberg has been part of the French group of companies since 2018 Bouygues SA based in Paris. With 200,000 employees, Bouygues SA is one of the most important French listed groups and one of the largest construction companies in the world. In 2022, Bouygues pooled its expertise in the field of nuclear engineering under the name BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION EXPERTISES NUCLÉAIRES. As a German location, Kraftanlagen Heidelberg is also part of this large family.

Together we can offer an even broader range of products and solutions - from the construction and modernization of nuclear facilities, special tools & robotics, electrical and ventilation technology to services in the areas of piping, welding, maintenance and engineering activities, waste treatment & management, and radiation protection as well as decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities.

Founded in Aachen in 1882, Krantz develops, designs, manufactures and markets air ducting, heating and cooling systems. Krantz also produces filter and shut-off systems, is an expert in industrial exhaust air purification and has also made a name for itself in the field of ventilation systems in power plants, nuclear and industrial plants, including their planning, construction, maintenance and testing. The in-house Research & Development Center conducts research and development on the subject of air.

Tailor-made ventilation components are produced in our own production facilities in Aachen and Mallersdorf (Bavaria).

Krantz GmbH is part of the Iqony Solutions GmbH group based in Essen.

In addition to engineering services for new construction and modernization of energy systems, Iqony Solutions also offers expertise in this area "Renewable energy" at. About the engineering field Nuclear Technologies she is actively involved in the development of future-oriented technologies and concepts for the operation and disposal of nuclear facilities. Operational management and IT solutions for cost and process optimization round off the offering.

NUKEM Technologies Engineering Services GmbH is active worldwide in the areas of radioactive waste management, dismantling of nuclear facilities and engineering technology.

In the area of waste management, we offer concepts and feasibility studies, development, procurement and delivery of systems for the treatment of radioactive waste, as well as the construction of complete waste treatment centers.

The decommissioning, decontamination and dismantling of nuclear facilities require not only comprehensive technical know-how but also licensing know-how.

Due to our many years of experience, we know the needs of operators of nuclear power plants or other nuclear facilities. We offer our customers a wide range of engineering and consulting services as well as radiation protection.

Consistent customer orientation, quality management and occupational safety are essential cornerstones of our corporate policy. We value individual support, timely project completion, perfectly understandable documentation and, of course, the delivery of high-quality products.

As a specialized service provider in the nuclear sector, Orano NCS GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of the French Orano Group and is involved in all areas of planning
and carrying out transport for the nuclear/nuclear industry, the storage of radioactive substances at the company's location as well as the development of components and containers for the transport and storage of such substances.

Over the last 30 years and based on a wide range of experience in the entire nuclear fuel cycle, Orano NCS GmbH has been equipped to meet the special requirements for transporting radioactive materials and has the necessary, approved and state-of-the-art vehicle technology.

Orano NCS GmbH operates official approval procedures, supports the production of its own containers and creates the necessary transport logistics for each individual case.

Orano NCS GmbH also has its own container park for fuel rods as well as the technical equipment for handling and loading these special containers. Another focus of the activities is the application for nuclear transport permits and permits in Germany and worldwide, including the arrangement of the necessary insurance.

Siempelkamp NIS has been a reliable partner for operators of nuclear facilities for more than 50 years. We support new construction, operation, retrofitting, dismantling and disposal.

We have developed state-of-the-art software solutions for the optimal assessment of conditions in the nuclear environment. Our condition monitoring systems help to prevent machine damage and ensure the operation of the system. Machine availability is increased through vibration analysis and diagnostics. Advanced technologies make it possible to examine almost any structure or machine with regard to vibration deflection. In addition to classic sensors, high-frequency cameras are also used.

Back in 2009, we developed a new, innovative calculation method using the globally recognized 3D simulation software MCNP, which makes it possible to calculate the radioactive inventory of nuclear facilities in the highest level of detail.

You can also find specialists in needs-based solutions for opening and closing reactors.

When it comes to dismantling, we specialize in the development and implementation of thermal and mechanical disassembly processes for large components.

We rely on remote-controlled disassembly processes using intelligent robot or manipulator technology, as well as modern audio, video and lighting technology to continuously monitor all work.

We provide safe, cost-effective and reliable uranium enrichment services and fuel cycle products for power generation while maintaining high environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance standards.

Our customers typically supply us with natural uranium, uranium hexafluoride, which we then enrich to international specifications using centrifuge technology developed and used by Urenco. By using this technology flexibly, we are also able to offer products and services that go beyond enrichment.

Westinghouse has a 130-year history of innovation that began with George Westinghouse's commercialization of alternating current and forever changed the availability of electrical energy. This legacy continued with the construction of the world's first commercial pressurized water reactor in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. More than 60 years later, 430 reactors using Westinghouse technology are in operation worldwide.

From the efficient and economical AP1000® nuclear power plant to the new eVinci™ microreactor for distributed energy applications, we are a leader in the development of new nuclear technologies. Thanks to this experience, we are also able to support almost every nuclear power plant in the world during ongoing operations, so that our customers can optimize their operations and extend the life of the plant. Westinghouse also develops advanced fuel technologies for a variety of reactor designs. Ultimately, we are also able to offer a comprehensive, integrated approach to the dismantling of a nuclear facility.

With innovative solutions, Westinghouse is advancing the nuclear industry and shaping the energy of tomorrow. We develop safe nuclear energy, from microreactors and service robots to AI and machine learning. Our innovations help communities and utilities around the world achieve their clean energy and decarbonization goals.

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