Red-Impact Project: first results of the evaluation of the impact of P&T on geological disposal

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The Red-Impact project (Impact of partitioning, transmutation and waste reduction technologies on the final nuclear waste disposal) is a research project in the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The main objective of the project is to assess the impact of partitioning and transmutation (P&T) on geological disposal and waste management. The project started with the identification of a number of representative fuel cycle scenarios. As a first step the impact of 2 fuel cycle scenarios, the reference "open cycle" scenario and of the innovative "fast neutron Gen IV" scenario, on geological repositories in granite and clay formations have been evaluated. The results obtained show that the introduction of innovative fuel cycle scenarios can result in a considerable reduction of the needed size of the geological repository. The impact on the radiological consequences is rather limited. Indeed, the maximum dose, which is expected to occur a few tens of thousands of years after the disposal of the waste, is essentially due to fission products and their amount is about proportional to the heat generated by nuclear fissions.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationENC 2005. Nuclear power for the XXIst century: fram basic research to high-tech industry
Place of PublicationParis, France
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
EventENC 2005 - ENS, SFEN, ANS, Versailles, France
Duration: 14 Dec 200518 Dec 2005

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ConferenceENC 2005
CountryFrance
CityVersailles
Period2005-12-142005-12-18

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  • high level radioactive waste, partitioning & transmutation, advanced fuel cycles, geological disposal

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