Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) technologies are attracting great interest in the public and private sectors for a broad spectrum of applications worldwide. Most efforts at the international level are devoted to reactor technology and, to some extent, safety and licensing. The chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle plays a crucial role in developing and deploying MSRs, as recognised by the members of the NEA Expert Group on Fuel Recycling and Waste Technology (EGFRW) and the IAEA Technical Working Group on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options and Spent Fuel Management (TWG-NFCO).
These experts see added value in assessing MSR technologies-related nuclear fuel cycles from a chemistry perspective.
A joint consultancy meeting was held on 6-7 June 2023 to prepare the NEA-IAEA Workshop on the Chemistry of Fuel Cycles for Molten Salt Reactor Technologies scheduled to take place from 2 to 6 October 2023, and to identify the main contributors to the joint workshop.
More information will be announced in the coming months.
Amparo González Espartero, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, Department of Nuclear Energy,
International Atomic Energy Agency;
Gabriele Grassi, Nuclear Scientist, Division of Nuclear Science and Education, Nuclear Energy Agency