EPRI joins NEA in joint advanced reactor waste project

October 31, 2023, 9:31AMRadwaste Solutions
NEA director general William Magwood (left) and EPRI senior vice president Neil Wilmshurst finalize EPRI support for the joint WISARD project. (Photo: NEA)

The Nuclear Energy Agency has announced a new collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute on an upcoming project that will focus on waste management strategies for small modular reactors and advanced nuclear energy systems.

The Waste Integration for Small and Advanced Reactor Designs (WISARD) project will bring together experts from all areas of the nuclear power life cycle to consider how these systems may require new and different waste management solutions.

Initial financial backing of WISARD is being provided by EPRI, whose support for the project’s development was finalized by NEA director general William Magwood and EPRI senior vice president Neil Wilmshurst following an inaugural government-industry conference. The project launch was announced on October 26.

Sustainable strategies: According to the NEA, the WISARD project seeks to capitalize on the current opportunity to integrate sustainable waste management strategies from the very beginning of SMR and advanced reactor development.

By assessing the back-end impacts of front-end and reactor design decisions, the that the project will enable early identification of future issues to provide system vendors, facility operators, and government bodies the opportunity to address problems in an efficient and sustainable manner, the NEA said.

The work: Initially, WISARD will create an international platform focusing on the specific characteristics of spent fuel and radioactive waste from SMRs and advanced reactors.

Building on this knowledge, subsequent work will assess the suitability of current waste management solutions for the next generations of high-level radioactive waste. The project will focus on four key HLW topics: long-term disposal; transportation; treatment, recycling, and reprocessing; and intermediate storage.

Related Articles

Tank waste disposal

November 17, 2023, 3:01PMNuclear NewsChris O’Neil

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management is responsible for roughly 90 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste at Idaho National Laboratory, the Hanford Site in...

Laying the foundation for advanced reactors

November 15, 2023, 9:31AMNuclear NewsRichard A. Meserve

Climate change presents a grave threat, demanding increasing reliance on low-carbon energy over the coming decades. Nuclear power today contributes half of U.S. low-carbon generation, and...

Deep geologic repository progress

November 10, 2023, 3:07PMNuclear NewsEmily Stein

Outside my office, there is a display case filled with rock samples from all over the world. It contains a disk of translucent, orange salt from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad,...