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Thermal treatment for radioactive waste minimisation and hazard reduction

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.

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 713 662,50

Participants (11)

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AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS

France

EU Contribution

€ 169 400

ORANO CYCLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 261 768,75

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 641 087,50

GALSON SCIENCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 453 718,75

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 83 562,50

NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 826 009,50

NATIONALE INSTELLING VOOR RADIOACTIEF AFVAL EN VERRIJKTE SPLIJSTOFFEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 45 407,50

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 90 302,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 298 670

VUJE AS

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 216 350

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 755480

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-Euratom-1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 972 539,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 899 939,50

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland