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Sep 20 – 23, 2022
IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria (and virtual participation)
Europe/Vienna timezone

From 20 Sep 2022, 9:00AM to 23 Sep 2022, 1:00PM 

There is an increasing interest in small modular reactors (SMRs) and their applications, in part due to their consideration as a low carbon energy source in the climate change mitigation plans of many Member States. SMRs are newer generation reactors designed to generate electric power typically up to 300 MWe.  

While much focus has been given to aspects of SMR deployment such as reactor concepts, engineering, economics, infrastructure, safety and so on, the fuel cycle, and in particular the management of spent fuel, appears to have had limited consideration. As the SMR concepts are becoming more refined, it is an appropriate time to start identifying the challenges, opportunities, and issues for managing spent fuel from SMRs during storage, transportation, reprocessing & recycling, and disposal.

The implications for the backend of the fuel cycle are very dependent on the characteristics of the nuclear fuel to be managed as spent (e.g., enrichment, matrices and compositions) and its irradiation history (e.g., burnup).

This IAEA Technical Meeting facilitates the exchange of information and discussion regarding the management of spent fuels coming from all envisaged SMR types to enable experts to collaboratively identify the opportunities and challenges faced in all stages of the backend of the fuel cycle (storage, transportation, reprocessing & recycling, and disposal), gaps in current infrastructures and knowledge, and the potential ways to move forward in addressing them in the near, medium, and long terms.

Objectives

The purpose of the event is to share technical information on the management of spent nuclear fuel from the operation of small modular reactors, to anticipate related opportunities and challenges, identify infrastructures and knowledge gaps and the potential ways to move forward in addressing them in the near, medium, and long term.

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Europe/Vienna
IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria (and virtual participation)
Form B
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Information Sheet
D2_16_Armenia_Safety Implications_Bznuni.pdf
D2_17_Uzbekistan_Fuel Cycle Considerations_Boltabaev.pdf
D2_18_Egypt_Direct Recylcing of SMR Spent Fuel_Nader.pdf
D2_18_Egypt_Direct Recylcing of SMR Spent Fuel_Nader.pdf
D2_19_Slovenia_Design extension conditions_Tomi.pdf
D2_19_Slovenia_Design extension conditions_Tomi.pdf
D2_20_Decarbonization_Poland_A.Miśkiewicz.pdf
D2_21_Jordan_Considerations and Perceptions for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Back End_Rahaf.pdf
D2_22_France_Back End of the Fuel Cycle_Andrea.pdf
D2_23_France_Advanced nuclear reactors_Sven.pdf
D2_24_France_Molten Salt Reactor_Pascal.pdf
D2_25_France_Integration of MSRs of LW-SMR fleets_Isabelle.pdf
D2_26_Canada_Application of a graded approach_Olivier.pdf
D2_27_Finland_Finnish Perspectives on SMR BEFC_Koskinen.pdf
D2_33_Canada_Challenges of SMR Used Fuel_Blair.pdf
D2_34_USA_US overview_Jorge.pdf
D2_35_USA_Progress on Considering the Back End_Stuart.pdf
D2_36_Investigations_BENFC_AR_Fuels_ATF_Sandia NL.pdf
D2_37_USA_(updated)Evalutaion of Advanced Reactor_Milos.pdf
D2_38_NEI_USA_Rod McCullum.pdf

Scientific Secretary:

Ms Amparo González-Espartero

Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, International Atomic Energy Agency 

Tel.: +43 1 2600 22507
Fax: +43 1 26007
Email: A.G.Espartero@iaea.org

Technical Support:

Ms Jihyun Lee

Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, International Atomic Energy Agency 

Tel.: +43 1 2600 25884
Fax: +43 1 26007
Email: Ji.Lee@iaea.org

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