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Thermal treatment for radioactive waste minimisation and hazard reduction

Objective

Safe management of radioactive waste is challenging to waste producers and waste management organisations. Deployment of thermal treatment in an optimised waste management lifecycle can provide significant volume reduction, waste passivation and organics destruction, with benefits for waste storage and safety cases for geological disposal. Relevant technologies include in-container vitrification, gasification, plasma treatment and hot isostatic pressing. THERAMIN aims in utilisation of all these methods.

THERAMIN will provide an EU-wide strategic review and assessment of the value of thermal technologies applicable to a broad range of waste streams (ion exchange media, soft operational wastes, sludge, organics and liquids). THERAMIN will compile an EU-wide database of thermally treatable wastes, will document the strategic benefits of thermal treatment, and will identify the opportunities, synergies, challenges, timescales and cost implications to improve radioactive waste management. THERAMIN will evaluate the applicability and achievable volume reduction of the technologies through ‘first-of-a-kind’ active and non-active full-scale demonstration tests, and will assess the disposability of residues.

The project benefits from the large investments made by partners in thermal treatment R&D facilities, which will be used to maximise the benefit across Member states. THERAMIN will benefit from close engagement with an End User Group (waste producers and waste management organisations). The partners will encourage the mobility and training of staff for the development of the next generation of engineers and scientists, and the proposal includes a technical training workshop, a scientific conference, and use of other dissemination tools. THERAMIN will establish a pan-European network of expertise on thermal treatment, will provide for cross-European technology transfer, and will identify prospects for sharing of facilities between countries facing similar problems.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 713 662,50

Participants (11)

AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS
France
EU contribution
€ 169 400
Address
1-7 Rue Jean Monnet - Parc De La Croix Blanche
92298 Chatenay Malabry
Activity type
Research Organisations
ORANO DEMANTELEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 261 768,75
Address
Immeuble Le Prisme 125 Avenue De Paris
92320 Chatillon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 641 087,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
GALSON SCIENCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 453 718,75
Address
Melton Road Grosvenor House 5
LE15 6AX Oakham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 83 562,50
Address
Breslaujos G. 3
LT-44403 Kaunas
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 826 009,50
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONALE INSTELLING VOOR RADIOACTIEF AFVAL EN VERRIJKTE SPLIJSTOFFEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 45 407,50
Address
Kunstlaan 14
1210 Saint-josse-ten-noode
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 90 302,50
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 670
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VUJE AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 216 350
Address
Okruzna 5
91864 Trnava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)