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Considerations for the Back End of the Fuel Cycle of Small Modular Reactors

Proceedings of a Technical Meeting


English IAEA-TECDOC-2040 ¦ 978-92-0-156023-0

168 pages ¦ 4 figures ¦ € 30.00 ¦ Date published: 2023

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With an increasing interest in Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and their applications, a Technical Meeting on Considerations for the Back End of the Fuel Cycle of Small Modular Reactors was organized in September 2022 to facilitate the exchange of information and discussions to enable experts to collaboratively identify the opportunities and challenges faced at all stages needed for managing the spent fuels from different SMR technologies (e.g. storage, transportation, reprocessing and recycling, and disposal), the gaps in current infrastructure and the knowledge required to ensure an integrated approach to the overall spent fuel management strategy, as well as the potential ways to move forward in addressing them in the near, medium and long terms. This TECDOC presents the proceedings, session summaries and conclusions of the Technical Meeting, as well as the 27 extended abstract/full papers presented at the meeting.

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