Luc Van Den Durpel graduated in 1989 as civil engineer and nuclear engineer from the University of Ghent (Belgium) where he also obtained his PhD on nuclear energy systems analysis. He initially conducted research at the Nuclear Research Center in Belgium. He joined the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris (France) in 1998 to conduct international studies on advanced nuclear energy systems and specifically advanced nuclear fuel cycle R&D. Early 2002, he joined US-DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, US) in the context of Generation-IV and specifically nuclear energy system scenarios next to running his consultancy business.
Since March 2009, he became Scientific Director and International Expert at AREVA NC’s Corporate Research and Innovation Directorate and since October 2011, he became Vice-President Strategic Analysis and Technology Prospective at AREVA’s Corporate R&D. After leaving AREVA in March 2015, he launched the internationally operating consulting firm Nuclear-21 supporting governments, utilities, industry, waste agencies and R&D-laboratories in nuclear technology-to-business decisioneering.