Reducing the Impact of Used Nuclear Fuel from Advanced Reactors Workshop

The purpose of this workshop was for the scientific, engineering, and industry communities to provide input to ARPA-E in advance of a potential funding opportunity in this area. For this workshop, we envisioned bringing together a community of experts in advanced nuclear fuel cycles, UNF recycling and reprocessing, nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation, repositories, and waste forms.  We also reached out to experts in adjacent fields of expertise such as chemical and electrochemical processing, advanced materials, industrial engineering, etc. This is a complex interdisciplinary space and we are seeking insights as to which advanced research areas have the greatest potential to significantly reduce the impact of dispositioning wastes from advanced reactor fuel cycles.

Wednesday December 2nd

TIME  

TOPIC  

LEADER  

 12:30p – 12:40p  

 Welcoming Remarks  

Jennifer Gerbi, Deputy Director of Technology, (ARPA-E)  

  

12:40p – 1:00p  

  

New Potential Program at ARPA-E: Intro to program on AR UNF, Program Philosophy, & Workshop Agenda  

  

Bob Ledoux (ARPA-E)  

  

1:00p – 1:25p  

  

What Do You Mean Disposal Impact? 

  

Bret van den Akker  (Booz Allen Hamilton / ARPA-E) 

 

1:25p – 1:50p  

  

The Evolving National Fuel Cycle 

 

Monica Regalbuto (INL) 

 

1:50p – 2:10p  

  

State of the Art of Aqueous Processing 

 

Terry Todd (INL) 

 

2:10p – 2:35p  

 

Pyrochemical Processing of Used Nuclear Fuel 

 

Mark Williamson (ANL)  

 

2:35p – 3:00p  

 

Geologic Disposal of High Activity Radioactive Waste, Waste Forms, and Waste Streams: Considerations for Disposal 

 

Laura Price (Sandia)  

 

3:00p – 3:25p 

 

The MPACT 2020 Milestone: Lessons Learned 

 

Ben Cipiti (LANL) 

3:25p – 3:40p  

Break and Migration to Breakouts  

All  

  

3:40p – 3:45p  

  

Breakout Introductions  

  

Breakout Leads  

  

3:45p – 4:50p  

  

Breakout Sessions  

·         Breakout A: Fuel and Waste Processes: Safeguards  

·                     Breakout B: Waste Forms and Repositories  

·         Breakout C: Barriers to Commercialization of the AR Back End   

  

Breakout Teams  

  

4:50p – 5:00p  

  

Day 1 Workshop Closeout 

  

Bob Ledoux 


Friday December 4th

TIME  

TOPIC  

LEADER  

  

12:30p – 12:45p  

  

Summary of Day 1  

  

Bob Ledoux (ARPA-E)  

  

12:45p – 1:10p  

  

Reducing the Impact of Used Nuclear Fuel from Advanced Reactors: Public Views on Facility Design and the Role of Trust  

  

Kuhika Gupta & 

Hank Jenkins-Smith (University of Oklahoma)  

  

1:10p – 1:35p  

    

Challenges of UNF Disposition  

  

Per Peterson (UC Berkeley)  

 

1:35p – 2:00p 

 

Implications of Changing Gen-IV Technologies 

 

Charles Forsberg (MIT)  

 

2:00p – 2:25p  

 

International Perspectives on Safeguards 

 

 

Wayne Mei (NNSA) 

 

 

2:25p – 2:50p  

 

Advanced Fuel Cycle Waste Management Considerations 

 

 

Stuart Arm (PNNL) 

 

2:50p – 3:05p  

Break and Migration to Breakouts  

All  

  

3:05p – 3:10p  

  

Breakout Introductions  

  

Breakout Leads  

  

3:10p – 4:45p  

  

Breakout Sessions  

·         Breakout A: Fuel and Waste Processes: Safeguards  

·                     Breakout B: Waste Forms and Repositories  

·         Breakout C:  Barriers to Commercialization of the AR Back End    

  

Breakout Teams  

  

4:45p – 5:00p  

  

Day 2 Workshop Closeout 

  

Bob Ledoux 

 


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