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Actinide reCycling by SEParation and Transmutation

Actinide reCycling by SEParation and Transmutation

Objective

Actinide recycling by separation and transmutation is considered worldwide and particularly in several European countries as one of the most promising strategies to reduce the inventory of radioactive waste, thus contributing to make nuclear energy sustainable. Consistently with potentially viable recycling strategies, the Collaborative Project ACSEPT will provide a structured R&D framework to develop chemical separation processes compatible with fuel fabrication techniques, with a view to their future demonstration at the pilot level. Considering technically mature aqueous separation processes, ACSEPT will optimise and select the most promising ones dedicated to actinide partitioning and those featuring a group separation. These developments will be appropriately balanced with an exploratory research focused on the design of new molecules. In parallel, promising group actinide separation pyro-processes will be developed beyond the current state-of-the-art, as an alternative option, for a longer term. ACSEPT will also pave the way towards more integration between Partitioning and Transmutation by carrying dissolution as well as actinide conversion studies. All experimental results will be integrated by carrying out engineering and systems studies on aqueous and dry (pyro) processes to prepare for future demonstration at a pilot level. A training and education programme will also be implemented to share the knowledge among partitioning community and present and future generations of researchers. The challenging objectives of ACSEPT will be addressed by a multi-disciplinary consortium composed of European universities, nuclear research bodies and major industrial players. This consortium will generate fundamental improvements for a future design of an Advanced Processing Pilot Unit. ACSEPT will thus be an essential contribution to the demonstration, in the long term, of the potential benefits of actinide recycling to minimise the burden on the geological repositories.
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 942 000

Administrative Contact

Pierre Bonillo (Mr.)

Participants (34)

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INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO E NUCLEAR.

Portugal

CONSTELLIUM CRV SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

ORANO CYCLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 6 000

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 374 000

CINC SOLUTIONS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 33 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 270 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 155 000

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 165 000

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 611 000

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 515 000

INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 210 000

USTAV ANORGANICKE CHEMIE AV CR VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 790 000

NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 146 000

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 135 000

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 572 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 335 000

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG

France

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION

Australia

CENTRAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY

Japan

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 20 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211267

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 23 783 360,40

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 000

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

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