Nuclear power plays a key role in limiting the EU’s emissions of greenhouse gases and makes an important contribution to improving its independence, security and diversity of energy supply. SACSESS is an EU collaborative project under the FP7 framework with 26 partners. It aims at optimising chemical separation processes that would be required for future closed nuclear cycles by focusing on all the safety issues related to the industrial implementation of a chemical process involving actinides.
DECC are providing National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd with a grant to enable them to undertake aspects of the programme relevant to UK nuclear expansion scenarios of 40 – 75GW that could involve a transition to Generation IV systems. In these high level scenarios spent fuel will need to be recycled both to manage the inventory and to provide the fuels for the Generation IV reactors.