Luc Van Den Durpel graduated as civil engineer and nuclear engineer obtained his PhD in nuclear energy systems analysis. He initially conducted research at the Nuclear Research Center in Belgium as nuclear engineer, and program manager for the design of advanced nuclear R&D reactors.
He joined the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris in 1998 to conduct international studies on (advanced) nuclear energy systems (e.g. Gen-IV) next to the economic competitiveness of nuclear energy and (advanced) nuclear fuel cycle R&D and waste management.
Early 2002, he joined US-DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, US) in the context of Generation-IV and specifically nuclear energy system scenarios including the early development considerations for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).
In 2009, he became Scientific Director at AREVA’s Corporate Research and Innovation Directorate and since October 2011, was AREVA’s Vice-President Strategic Analysis and Technology Prospective.
After leaving AREVA in March 2015, he launched the expert cabinet Nuclear-21 covering the technology-to-business support on newbuild nuclear power plant programmes and their fuel cycle and waste management.
He is member of the Scientific Council of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et Energie Alternatives (CEA, France).