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Media kits | Nuclear energy | Dismantling
France – a world leader in the whole nuclear power cycle – is also responsible for the clean-up and dismantling of its end-of-life nuclear facilities. Here, the CEA is considered to be a pioneer both in the project ownership of worksites and in the R&D for optimising the timescales, costs and safety of those worksites. Its responsibilities range from defining the most appropriate scenario, characterising the radiological state of equipment and decontaminating premises, carrying out dismantling and optimising the resulting waste. With this wide range of skills and the diversity of its facilities, the CEA Nuclear Energy Division is developing innovative solutions which are already the subject of industrial transfers.
Two-thirds of France’s end-of-life nuclear facilities belong to the CEA - a situation connected with its history. This implies setting up clean-up and dismantling worksites which have unprecedented scientific, human and financial challenges.
As the owner of its clean-up and dismantling projects, the CEA also devotes a significant amount of R&D to reducing the timescales, costs and waste from current and future programmes, while improving their safety. The resulting innovations often lead to industrial transfers.
How do we guarantee energy independence and secure supplies, while improving safety standards, optimising our management of materials, and minimising waste production? And all this without emitting greenhouse gases? These are the specifications for future nuclear systems defined by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF).
Though it is a well-defined industrial product that has been duly tested over several decades, nuclear fuel nonetheless remains the focus of numerous innovations.
The CEA developed most processes in use today, and is pursuing research to improve, extend, and adapt the treatment and the recycling of spent fuel to tomorrow’s challenges.
Guaranteeing the safety, lifespan and performance levels of current reactors, while designing and qualifying new materials capable of resisting the specific constraints of future nuclear systems, are the main issues investigated at the CEA in the field of nuclear materials.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.