Elements of the Back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle: Geological Storage of Nuclear Spent Fuel
The course, which was realized for the first time in 2013, is a collaboration between Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co. (SKB), Nova Centre for University Studies, Research and Development (Nova), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Linnaeus University and European Master in Innovative Nuclear Energy (EMINE).
The five partners bring together their academic and technological leadership and excellence in nuclear waste management research, technology and education in order to create a unique opportunity for students, experts and professors alike, to work together on fundamentals of the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear spent fuel management.
During two weeks in June the students, both international and domestic, have an opportunity first to learn about the key issue of nuclear spent fuel storage in precambrian geological formations and then to perform field studies deep underground at a very unique location: the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory near Oskarshamn. Moreover study visits to encapsulation laboratory: The Canister Laboratory and the Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel – CLAB are foreseen. Stuents will also visit one of the Oskarshamn reactors – reactor O3.
With a common vision that today’s students will take on the world’s nuclear power problems tomorrow, this course will give a good understanding of the fundamental problems of geological nuclear spent fuel storage in its multidimensional aspects.