Two contracts for UK NNL

5 July 2017

The UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has been awarded two major contracts by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under the first part of the UK’s National Nuclear R&D Programme. The programme was announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015. The two contracts relate to R&D on Advanced Nuclear Fuel and R&D on Nuclear Fuel Recycle and Waste Management.

The fuels work is valued at £5m ($6.5m) and comprises an integrated programme of R&D on advanced nuclear fuels in the following areas: accident tolerant fuels and cladding development; coated particle fuels; plutonium-based fuel; reactor physics modelling; and nuclear data.

The £2m recycle and waste management work involves research on aqueous recycle processes including basic chemistry and technology for dissolution, separations and conversion steps; active separations tests on surrogate feeds; active dissolution tests on un-irradiated fuels; a conversion flowsheet for transuranic-containing products; and a minor actinide separations flowsheet for high-level waste.

Both programmes of work reflect the recommendations of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), which was chaired by Dame Sue Ion.

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