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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management

Call for proposal

NFRP-2014-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SVENSK KARNBRANSLEHANTERING AKTIEBOLAG
Address
Box 3091
169 03 Solna
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 328 373,75

Participants (14)

MICROBIAL ANALYTICS SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 450 875
Address
Molnlycke Fabriker 9
435 35 Molnlycke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 391 598,75
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 626 250
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 246 951
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 399 420
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 278 125
Address
Studentska 1402/2
46117 Liberec
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 289 375
Address
Hlavni 130
250 68 Husinec-rez
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 217 500
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 363 125
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEOLLISUUDEN VOIMA OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Olkiluoto
27160 Eurajoki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POSIVA OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Olkiluoto
27160 Eurajoki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 393 641
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments