Dates: 2012 - Present
There has been significant investment in research and development (R&D) of thermal technologies over the past 10 years, for the treatment of higher activity wastes (HAW). Recognising the need for a more coordinated approach and concluding that there is a business case for a thermal treatment capability, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) established a Thermal Treatment Integrated Project Team (TTIPT) to enable the development of technologies. The team includes representatives from the NDA, Sellafield Ltd and the National Nuclear Laboratory and since 2016 TÜV SÜD Nuclear Technologies Division has supported the TTIPT in achieving these aims.
The following key stages were involved in the technology assessment process:
Through the application of the methodology described the strategic and economic benefits of thermal technologies at each stage of the waste management lifecycle, have been robustly underpinned. They include:
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