Rosatom Shares Its Developments in Nuclear Fuel Cycle at WNFC 2018 in MadrRosatomid

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Published April 24th, 2018 - 11:06 GMT
Current issues of the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) development and commercialization were at the top of the conference’s agenda for the representatives of the world leading nuclear industry companies.
Current issues of the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) development and commercialization were at the top of the conference’s agenda for the representatives of the world leading nuclear industry companies.

Hosted the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2018 (WNFC) international conference organized by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the World Nuclear Association (WNA) takes place in Madrid. State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is the event’s partner.

At the Conference it was announced that Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, assumed the office of the Chairman of the WNA Board of Management.

Current issues of the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) development and commercialization were at the top of the conference’s agenda for the representatives of the world leading nuclear industry companies.

“Nuclear energy and technologies hold great opportunities to meet the global sustainable development challenges. Today the industry needs to develop new technologies at all stages of the life cycle to improve its economic efficiency and achieve the international goals to reduce CO2 emissions”, the head of ROSATOM’s regional center in Western Europe Andrey Rozhdestvin noted.

According to the company’s representative, the NFC closure will be the next step for the global nuclear industry development. Russia nowadays creates the technological base to provide a practical solution for the closure of NFC with fast neutron reactors as the cornerstone of this process. Furthermore, Russia is continuing the testing of REMIX fuel that can be reprocessed several times and can significantly increase the effectiveness of uranium usage in light-water reactors. Another important project of the Russian nuclear industry in the field of NFC is the development of the accident tolerant fuel.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, the representative of TENEX, industrial integrator of international sales in the field of the back-end sector, presented the topic devoted to the development of the innovative technologies for the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and radioactive waste (RW) management and the prospects for their commercialization. As it was highlighted by the speaker, “ROSATOM's technologies for managing SNF and RW, including waste fractionation, allow the company to return to its customers only the intermediate level waste (ILW) which does not require deep underground containment”.

On April 17, within the Conference’s framework, presentation of ROSATOM and National Geographic TV channel joint project called Wild Edens took place. The Wild Edens project informs about unique ecosystems that might disappear due to global warming unless clean carbon-free energy sources are used. A number of documentary films will show the life of representatives of unique species in their native habitats. The premier movie will be shown at the International Forum ATOMEXPO 2018 that will be held on May 14-16, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

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ROSATOM

The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. The company has assets and competencies to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain from uranium mining to decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent nuclear fuel management.ROSATOM brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. It is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, accounting for 18.7% of the country’s total generation of electricity. ROSATOM is the third in the world in nuclear power generation.The corporation is the global leader in simultaneous implementation of NPP power units and has the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP units in 12 countries). ROSATOM manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, carries out research and material studies. It also assembles supercomputers and designs software as well as different nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. The company has business ventures covering various clean energy projects, including wind energy. ROSATOM has second largest uranium reserves and 17% of the global nuclear fuel market.

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