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Advanced fuelS for Generation IV reActors: Reprocessing and Dissolution

Advanced fuelS for Generation IV reActors: Reprocessing and Dissolution

Objective

Nuclear power issues have been attracting research interest for decades even since the actual use of power reactors using oxide fuels was considered a mature science. It has mainly been due to one of the great drawbacks of nuclear power, the waste handling. Presently, there is a renaissance in nuclear power research focused on a new generation of reactor concepts utilising more of the inherent energy of the fuels. Additionally, these new concepts will also produce less radioactive waste, which is radiotoxic for a shorter time frame. If such concept succeeds, nuclear power can be considered almost sustainable bearing in mind that the waste we already have generated may be used for next generations. In order to reach these goals, there are several issues to be considered and the future nuclear fuel is one of the most important ones.
ASGARD project will conduct crosscutting studies in synergy with the current nuclear fuel and waste research projects in Europe (e.g. ACSEPT and FAIRFUELS projects), but will also extend further into the research on new innovative nuclear concepts (SFR-Prototype, MYRRHA). ASGARD will provide a structured R&D framework for developing compatible techniques for dissolution, reprocessing and manufacturing of new nuclear fuels. The fuels to be considered will mainly consist of the next generation of fuels, e.g. oxides, nitrides and carbides, since the current oxide fuels and their reprocessing is dealt within already existing projects.
An educational programme will be implemented to share the knowledge between students, researchers in the fuel manufacturing and the fuel reprocessing communities. The challenging objectives of ASGARD will be addressed by a multi-disciplinary consortium composed of European universities, nuclear research bodies and major industrial stakeholders.
ASGARD will be an essential contribution to the development of new sustainable nuclear fuel cycle concepts and thus pave the road to more sustainable nuclear future.
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CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

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41296 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 933 898

Administrative Contact

Karin Ryrberg (Ms.)

Participants (15)

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FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 230 339

NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 905 414

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 490 520

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 591 036

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 233 300

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 378 956

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 246 700

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 538 200

EVALION SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 158 998

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 37 500

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU TEHNOLOGII IZOTOPICE SI MOLECULARE-INCDTIM CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 143 142

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 112 459

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 171 230

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 22 033

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 295825

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 689 866,80

  • EU contribution

    € 5 493 725

Coordinated by:

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden