In order to make nuclear power sustainable there is a clear need to close the fuel cycle and at the same time, if possible, find methods that shorten the storage time of the waste and increase energy utilization. New fast reactor systems together with a fully developed recycling strategy are needed to achieve this ambitious goal.
The scope of the project is to bridge existing knowledge in nuclear fuel manufacturing with existing knowledge in separation techniques used for waste treatment and recovery and to investigate the production and behaviour of new novel and improved nuclear fuels for the next generation of nuclear reactors. The targeted result of the project itself is to interconnect the recycling of the nuclear fuel to the fabrication of new nuclear fuel. Both oxide, nitride and carbide fuels are addressed with focus on dissolution, reprocessing and fabrication behaviour.
The consortium consists of partners with an extensive experience in research on fabrication of various kinds of fuels and in the recycling process. In addition basic science laboratories participate with large capabilities to handling of highly active radioactive materials such as Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden as well as national research laboratories and also university laboratories with more limited radiochemical possibilities. The insurance that the processes developed will have a possible industrial potential will be ensured by a highly experienced fuel manufacturing industry such as Westinghouse, Areva or Vattenfall.