Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) and the mandate of the Working Party on Scientific Issues of the Fuel Cycle (WPFC), the objectives of this working group are:
To assemble, organise and understand the scientific issues of advanced fuel cycles.
To provide a framework for assessing specific national needs related to implementation of advanced fuel cycles.
This Expert Group replaces WPFC Expert Group on Fuel Cycle Transition Scenario Studies (closed).
These issues are critical to implementing a sustainable nuclear energy infrastructure and this working group will:
Define the key scientific issues by collecting and comparing information available from experts in member states, organize the information in a systematic way, and provide a deep level of understanding of each of them.
Assemble technical information on the existing and future technologies, including transmutation and storage technologies.
Develop and assess generic scenarios that are representative of the different strategies envisaged for the member states.
Evaluate the potential of systems beyond the current thermal and fast technologies.
Co-operate with other study groups (e.g., EC, IAEA, etc) and other activities being carried out under the NEA standing technical committees such as NDC and RWMC, particularly with WPRS Expert Group on reactor physics and advanced nuclear systems.