The NEA Expert Group on the Application of Robotics and Remote Systems in the Nuclear Back-end (EGRRS) advises member countries on the leading and emerging issues that focus on the development of strategic approaches to facilitate the implementation of robotic and remote systems (RRS) in radioactive waste management, decommissioning and legacy management at the national and international levels. The EGRRS sits under the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) and provides the needed support to the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM).
The expert group will also support NEA member countries in enabling a wider application of RRS to benefit the progress of scientific and technical knowledge. This expert group shall:
During the first stage of work, the EGRRS will focus on a global overview of the situation in RRS application and the identification and analysis of the factors influencing RRS application. The main directions of future development of the recommendations to member countries are to be identified, and the list of issues are to be developed and reported to the RWMC and the CDLM at their joint sessions.
For the subsequent stage or work, the EGRRS will develop and publish its recommendations. Necessary guidelines will be developed and proposed for implementation to all interested parties.
The experience and approaches developed within the EGRRS can also be of benefit in other areas of nuclear energy beyond the nuclear back-end. Examples are nuclear fuel cycle activities, operation and safety provision of nuclear power plants (NPPs), radiochemical enterprises, scientific projects and others.