Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials

Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors

Technical Meetings and Workshops

Technical Meeting on
Lessons Learned in Spent Fuel Management

8.-10.07.2014, IAEA Headquarters, VIC, Vienna, Austria

The International Atomic Agency held a technical meeting in Vienna, Austria from 8 - 10 July to look to build upon the foundations that have been established in IAEA-TECDOC- 1725 through expanding the lessons learned subject area to cover all spent fuel management activities with particular attention being paid to drawing upon Member States experiences in managing leaking, failed, degraded, damaged or severely damaged spent fuel/fuel debris.


Technical Meeting on
Spent Fuel Storage Options

2.-4.07.2013, IAEA Headquarters, VIC, Vienna, Austria

The International Atomic Agency held a technical meeting in Vienna, Austria from the2nd to the 4th of July discussing “Spent fuel storage options”. It was attended by 38 participants from 23 member states and representatives of the IAEA. 24 of them gave presentations about nuclear strategy and spent fuel storage.


Technical Meeting on
Extending Spent Fuel Storage beyond the Long Term

22.-24.10.2012, IAEA, Vienna, Austria

The purpose of the meeting is to review and reword the draft document on Extending Spent Fuel Storage beyond the Long Term the participants will receive in advance and to provide an opportunity for mutually beneficial international collaboration by sharing corrections and additional contributions to the chapters of the draft document according to the expertise of the participants. The change of the name – from “Very Long Term” to “beyond the Long Term” – was adopted to harmonize it with the definitions for "Short Term and Long Term Storage" of the IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-15 "Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel" published in February 2012.


International Workshop on
Burnup Credit Criticality Calculation Methods and Applications

25.–28.10.2011, Beijing, China

The workshop provided information about the fundamentals of burnup credit (BUC) criticality analyses, as well as to present and discuss recent developments in BUC methodologies and applications. The workshop will focus on safety-related, operational and regulatory aspects. It also fostered the exchange of international experience in licensing and implementation of burnup credit (BUC) applications.


Technical Meeting on
Very Long Term Storage of Used Nuclear Fuel

26.-28.4.2011, VIC, Vienna, Austria

The purpose of the Technical Meeting (TM) was to share and discuss information relevant to successful implementation of very long term storage (VLTS), and to provide an opportunity for mutually beneficial international collaboration. Another objective of the TM was to identify issues or gaps that must be addressed and to recommend actions to the IAEA on work that to cover such gaps.


International Conference on Management of Spent Fuel From Nuclear Power Reactors
31.5-4.6.2010, IAEA, Vienna, Austria
Conference Presentations
Conference Photos

In cooperation with the OECD/NEA, the IAEA held an International Conference on 'Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors' from 31 May to 04 June 2010 in Vienna. The conference was attended by more than 200 participants from over 40 countries and 4 international organizations. Besides the Opening Session and Closing Session, the conference consisted of Sessions on:

  • Strategic issues and challenges in spent fuel management;
  • Spent fuel management for smaller programmes and newcomer states;
  • Safety and licensing of spent fuel storage and transportation;
  • Technological innovations for spent fuel storage;
  • Fuel and material behaviour;
  • Managing past and damaged spent fuel;
  • Operating experience in wet and dry storage;
  • Discrete issues in managing high burn-up, MOX and fast neutron reactor spent fuel;
  • Fuel reprocessing: status and challenges; and
  • Managing very long term storage and the disposal of spent fuel.

The topics covered also three Round Table Discussions on:

  • Regulatory framework for spent fuel management;
  • Stakeholder issues, and;
  • Future strategies.
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