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Characterization of conditioned nuclear waste for its safe disposal in Europe

Objective

Successful interim storage and final disposal of radioactive waste (RW) requires effective characterization and quality control of the waste. CHANCE aims to address the as yet unsolved and specific issue of the characterization of conditioned radioactive waste (CRW).
CHANCE will establish a comprehensive understanding of current characterization methods and quality control schemes for conditioned radioactive waste in Europe.
Furthermore, CHANCE will develop, test and validate already-identified and novel new techniques that will undoubtedly improve the characterization of CRW.
Input from “end users” (mainly WMOs and waste producers) on methods of CRW characterization is critical to the success of CHANCE. Therefore, a dedicated End-Users Group will be established within CHANCE in order to represent and promote the interests and requirements of end-users.
One of the project’s key tasks will be dedicated to the identification of links and overlaps between waste acceptance criteria and actual waste characterization technologies available, in order to identify specific, as yet unsolved, methodology issues and technology gaps.
CHANCE’s R&D programme consists of the testing and evaluation of the performance of 3 innovative characterization techniques that are complementary and supplementary to current techniques for the non-destructive assay of RW, specifically:
• Calorimetry as an innovative non-destructive technique to reduce uncertainties on the inventory of radionuclides (RN), namely from hidden RN-compounds with a weak gamma signal.
• Muon Tomography to address the specific issue of the non-destructive interrogation of the content of large volume RW.
• Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy as an innovative technique to characterize outgassing of RW at a very low detection level.
The activities performed and the results obtained within CHANCE will be integrated and disseminated both between the partners and the whole European community involved in RW management.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS
Address
1-7 Rue Jean Monnet - Parc De La Croix Blanche
92298 Chatenay Malabry
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 301 656,01

Participants (11)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 538 558,83
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 943,60
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 867,65
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
KEP NUCLEAR
France
EU contribution
€ 368 582,38
Address
453 Chemins Vieux De Chusclan
30200 Bagnols-sur-ceze
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
€ 602 842,36
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 510 169,75
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 497 261,67
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 572 788,94
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
REGIA AUTONOMA TEHNOLOGII PENTRU ENERGIA NUCLEARA - RATEN
Romania
EU contribution
€ 22 875
Address
Strada Campului 1
115400 Mioveni
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 99 557,31
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 52 500
Address
Ul. Dorodna 16
03-195 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations