Rosatom, CEA, EDF Sign Fuel R&D Pact

ROSATOM, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and French utility EDF signed a joint declaration of intent in Paris Wednesday to develop their long-term R&D collaboration in the field of civil nuclear power.

Rosatom, EDF, CEA, sign agreementThe declaration sets the stage for an experimentation at laboratory scale, involving all the steps required to recycle second-generation plutonium from spent MOX fuel, in GEN IV fast reactors, Rosatom said.
This second-generation plutonium will be used to fabricate experimental fuel pellets that will then be simultaneously irradiated, in the same experimental rig, in a research fast neutron reactor, starting from mid-2020’s.
This R&D collaboration aims to demonstrate the possibility to recycle valuable materials from current generation of light-water reactors MOX fuels in fast neutron reactors.
The aim of the project is to increase the sustainability of the nuclear power industry

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