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

Massimo Zucchetti, B. N. Kolbasov, Luigi Di Pace, V. Massaut

    Research outputpeer-review


    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFusion Engineering, 2009. SOFE 2009
    Subtitle of host publication23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, New Jersey, United States
    StatePublished - 2009
    Event23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE 2009) - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), San Diego, CA
    Duration: 1 Jun 20095 Jun 2009

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - Symposium on Fusion Engineering


    Conference23rd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE 2009)
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego, CA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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