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Development of the safety case knowledge base about the influence of microbial processes on geological disposal of radioactive wastes

Objective

The multidisciplinary project will address key technical issues that must be tackled to support the implementation of planned geological disposal projects for higher-level radioactive wastes across the EU. Our current understanding of the impact of microbial metabolism on the safety of geological repositories remains tenuous, even though microorganisms may have controlling influences on wasteform evolution in situ, multibarrier integrity and ultimately radionuclide migration from the repository. This proposal targets a number of “high urgency” and “high importance” topics identified in the most recent IGD-TP Strategic Research Agenda, focusing specifically on the influence of microbial processes on waste forms and their behavior, and the technical feasibility and long-term performance of repository components. The project will bring together, for the first time, 15 European groups working on the impact of microbial processes on safety cases for geological repositories across the EU, focusing on key questions posed by waste management organisations. The emphasis will be on quantifying specific measureable impacts of microbial activity on safety cases under repository-relevant conditions, thus altering the current view of microbes in repositories and leading to significant refinements of safety case models currently being implemented to evaluate the long-term evolution of radwaste repositories. The integration of society and policy oriented studies in the project will also extend the impact of the project outside the scientific and technical domain, while a study of expert conceptualization, public perception and risk communication concerning microbial influences in geological disposal, will improve awareness of microbial issues on a broader level. The programme will help the EU claim international leadership in the understanding of the impact of microbial processes on geodisposal, and indeed other technological areas pertinent to the exploitation of the subsurface.

Coordinator

SVENSK KARNBRANSLEHANTERING AKTIEBOLAG
Net EU contribution
€ 328 373,75
Address
Box 3091
169 03 Solna
Sweden

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (14)

MICROBIAL ANALYTICS SWEDEN AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 450 875,00
Address
Molnlycke Fabriker 9
435 35 Molnlycke

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 391 598,75
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington

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Region
North West (England) Cheshire Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 626 250,00
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 246 951,00
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,25
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 399 420,00
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 552 750,00
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 278 125,00
Address
Studentska 1402/2
46117 Liberec

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Region
Severovýchod Liberecký kraj
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 289 375,00
Address
Hlavni 130
250 68 Husinec-rez

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Region
Střední Čechy Středočeský kraj
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 217 500,00
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada

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Region
Andalucía Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 363 125,00
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
TEOLLISUUDEN VOIMA OYJ
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
Address
Olkiluoto
27160 Eurajoki

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Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Satakunta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
POSIVA OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
Address
Olkiluoto
27160 Eurajoki

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Satakunta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 393 641,00
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,25