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Press release | Institutional
Vitrification proven technology may be part of the solution for waste treatment on the Fukushima nuclear site. Since April 27th 2018, ANADEC, the CEA and Orano are working on a project to evaluate the compatibility of the In-can vitrification process developed by the CEA, to treat nuclear waste from Fukushima Dai-ichi water treatment, such as sludge and mineral adsorbents.
This project is divided in two main parts:
Laboratory tests and part of bench scale tests have already been performed with success and near-industrial scale tests are under way. Feasibility studies will follow, in order to deliver complete results before end march 2019.
In this project, technical and commercial interfaces in Japan are ensured by ANADEC, a joint venture between Orano and ATOX, a Japanese company specialized in nuclear services and maintenance.
The CEA and Orano have developed vitrification processes and operated industrial vitrification facilities in France and abroad for more than 40 years, with rare expertise on formulation and long-term behavior of glasses for encapsulation of nuclear waste.
prototype developed at the CEA Marcoule (France). © CEA/DR
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.