Critical issues for disposal, recycling, and clearance of fusion radioactive materials: The European viewpoint

M. Zucchetti, B.N. Kolbasov, L. Di Pace, V. Massaut

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Abstract

In order to maximize the environmental benefits of fusion power generation, it is important to clearly define the parameters governing the back-end of the materials cycle. A fusion-specific approach is necessary. Recycling of materials and clearance (i.e. declassification to non-radioactive material) are the two recommended options for reducing the amount of fusion waste, while the disposal as low-level waste could be an alternative route for specific materials and components. Most fusion materials could potentially be recycled or cleared, providing the necessary studies and developments are carried out. To enhance prospects for a successful waste management scheme, we identified the key issues and challenges for disposal, recycling, and clearance, focusing on the EU studies. ©2009 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2009 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

Conference

Conference2009 23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2009
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/09 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Zucchetti, M., Kolbasov, B. N., Di Pace, L., & Massaut, V. (2009). Critical issues for disposal, recycling, and clearance of fusion radioactive materials: The European viewpoint. Paper presented at 2009 23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2009, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/FUSION.2009.5226497