Next meeting: 7-8 Feb. 2019 (NEA HQ, Boulogne Billancourt, France)
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 expert group will study needs associated with the transition from current to future advanced nuclear fuel cycles. The objectives of this expert group are:
To assemble, organise and understand the scientific issues of advanced fuel cycles, and in particular to support emerging nuclear fuel cycle technologies.
To provide a framework for assessing specific national needs related to implementation of advanced fuel cycles.
These issues are critical to implementing a sustainable nuclear energy infrastructure and this expert group will:
Define the key scientific issues by collecting and comparing information available from experts in member countries, organise the information in a systematic way, and provide a deep level of understanding of each of them.
Assemble technical information on existing and future technologies, including transmutation and storage technologies.
Develop and assess generic scenarios that are representative of the different strategies envisaged in the member countries.
Evaluate the potential of systems beyond the current thermal and fast technologies.
Other studies within the group’s expertise, requested by the working party or the nuclear science committee.
The expert group will liaise closely with other study groups (e.g. EC, IAEA, etc.) and other activities being carried out under NEA auspices, for example by the Nuclear Science Committee, the Radioactive Waste Management Committee, and the Nuclear Development Committee, in particular providing expertise, when necessary, on issues related to the integration of nuclear power in an energy mix.