Fuel Cycles for Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems based on Integrated Technologies (FINITE)
This Collaborative Project provides an overview of technically feasible and economically sound advanced and innovative nuclear fuel and fuel cycle options (AINFCO).
Existing national strategies and technologies for the fuel cycle back end, planned evolution, and corresponding databases will be analysed through realistic scenarios of nuclear energy demand. This includes both existing and advanced aqueous and non-aqueous reprocessing methods for obtaining oxide and metallic fuels.
Sustainability of the options considered will be assessed with the INPRO Methodology, identifying at the same time specific additional criteria applicable to the assessment of closed fuel cycle. The project will also identify medium and long term institutional measures necessary to deploy the selected AINFCO to help meet the objectives of sustainable, long term nuclear energy development.
Argentina, China, the Czech Republic, India and the Russian Federation, as well as some observer countries.
Contributions from other countries which have established such strategies on the closed fuel cycle will be important to gain a comprehensive overview on AINFCO worldwide.