All Member States (MS) have radioactive waste that originates not only from the fuel cycle for nuclear energy production, but also from sectors such as medical, agriculture and mining. The project specifically addresses the European Joint Programme’s Radioactive Waste Management related NFRP-10 topic: Developing pre-disposal activities. The project advances the state-of-the-art through a variety of technical and strategic actions. End users such as nuclear power operators, radioactive waste producers and waste management organisations are the drivers for this project. Within their respective Strategic Research Agendas they have defined needs for pre-disposal classification, treatment and optimisation methods for waste. PREDIS brings together expertise and innovation from leading researchers in nuclear technologies in a programme underpinned by ambition and excellence. The overall objectives of the PREDIS is to provide new methods, processes and technologies for the management of waste streams in response to needs of waste producers and innovation opportunities for better waste management. The project builds upon earlier work of international roadmaps and strategic research agendas yet strives to make significant advances to foster wider holistic perspectives to the pre-disposal needs and priorities for the future. The new approaches proposed by the project will include (i) novel solutions for non-destructive analysis, (ii) improved understanding of the impacts of extended storage on waste package performance using digital twins (DTw) and (iii) novel conditioning technologies for problematic waste. New multi-disciplinary and multi-scale scientific approaches to demonstrate technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the new solutions will be applied. These innovations have a range of Technology Readiness Levels, and thus are covering the spectrum from both idea to application (low to high TRL), and from lab to market (small to large scale).
Project leader: Réka Szoke
Category: Teknisk-industrielle institutter
Institution: INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK AVD HALDEN