Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials
Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors
Promoting technologies and strategies for spent fuel management
Objective: To increase the capability of interested Member States to plan strategies, including long term strategies, and manage safely and reliably spent fuel by exchanging information on status and trends, by identifying problems and fostering collaboration to implement better strategies.
Details: Management of spent arising from nuclear power station is a challenge to all Member States with nuclear power production. It is one of the key issues for sustainable utilization of nuclear energy. Most of the spent fuel accumulating globally from nuclear power production is stored, while waiting for national or international decisions on the optimal strategy for final disposition. A considerable amount of knowledge about spent fuel management has been acquired globally through past experiences and continuing efforts in search of better methodologies. These experiences and developments in some Member States can be potentially beneficial to various stages of spent fuel management in other Member States. In particular, further information on extended interim storage is required to answer a number of open technical questions.
There are a number of tasks implemented under this project. These are: