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GEN IV Integrated Oxide fuels recycling strategies

Objective

The current open nuclear fuel cycle uses only a few percent of the energy contained in uranium. This efficiency can be greatly improved through the recycling of spent fuel (as done today in France for instance), including, in the longer term, multi-recycling strategies to be deployed in fast reactors. In this context, GENIORS addresses research and innovation in fuel cycle chemistry and physics for the optimisation of fuel design in line with the strategic research and innovation agenda and deployment strategy of SNETP, notably of its ESNII component. GENIORS focuses on reprocessing and fuel manufacture of MOX fuel potentially containing minor actinides, which would be reference fuel for the ASTRID and ALFREDO demonstrators.
More specifically, GENIORS will carry out research and innovation for developing compatible techniques for dissolution, reprocessing and manufacturing of innovative oxide fuels, potentially containing minor actinides, in a “fuel to fuel” approach taking into account safety issues under normal and mal-operation. It also considers the impacts of these strategies on the interim storage. For delivering a full picture of a MOX fuel cycle, GENIORS will work in close collaboration with the INSPYRE project on oxide fuels performance.
By implementing a three step approach (reinforcement of the scientific knowledge => process development and testing => system studies, safety and integration), GENIORS will lead to the provision of more science-based strategies for nuclear fuel management in the EU.
It will allow nuclear energy to contribute significantly to EU energy independence. In the longer term, it will facilitate the management of ultimate radioactive waste by reducing its volume and radio-toxicity.
At the longer term, a better understanding of a spent nuclear properties and behavior, at each step of the cycle will increase the safety of installations for interim storage during normal operation but also hypothetical accident scenarios.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/nuclear energy

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 797 702,54

Participants (23)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 304 750
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 205 093,83
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 306 811,42
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 84 312,50
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 130 000
Address
Ul. Dorodna 16
03-195 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
USTAV ANORGANICKE CHEMIE AV CR VVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 88 687,50
Address
Area Of Research Institutes 1001
25068 Husinec Rez
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE
France
EU contribution
€ 90 402,19
Address
Av De La Division Leclerc 31
92260 Fontenay Aux Roses
Activity type
Research Organisations
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 38 750
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 450 281,25
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 562,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LGI CONSULTING
France
EU contribution
€ 332 818,75
Address
6 Cite De L'ameublement
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 600 064,64
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 812,50
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 190 312
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 63 000
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 128 750
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 000
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 107 934,21
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 222 329,13
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 61 375
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 750
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 27 200
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORANO CYCLE
France
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Place Jean Millier 1 Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)