Safety of ACtinide Separation proceSSes (SACSESS)
Research Project, 2013 – 2016

Nuclear power plays a key role in limiting EUs greenhouse gases emissions, and makes an important contribution to improve European Unions independence, security and diversity of energy supply. However, its social acceptance is closely linked to an enhanced safety in the management of long-lived radioactive waste contributing to resource efficiency and cost-effectiveness of this energy and ensuring a robust and socially acceptable system of protection of man and environment. Among the different strategies, partitioning and transmutation (P&T) allows a reduction of the amount, the radiotoxicity and the thermal power of these wastes, leading to an optimal use of geological repository sites.In line with the Strategic Research Agenda of SNE-TP, the SACSESS collaborative project will provide a structured framework to enhance the fuel cycle safety associated to P&T. In addition, safety studies will be performed for each selected process to identify weak points to be studied further. These data will be integrated to optimise flowsheets and process operation conditions.A training and education programme will be implemented in close collaboration with other European initiatives, addressing safety issues of nuclear energy industry.The multidisciplinary consortium composed of European universities, nuclear research bodies, TSOs and industrial stakeholders will generate fundamental safety improvements on the future design of an Advanced Processing Unit. SACSESS will thus be an essential contribution to the demonstration of the potential benefits of actinide partitioning to the global safety of the long-lived waste management.


Christian Ekberg (contact)

Nuclear Chemistry

Jenny Halleröd

Nuclear Chemistry


Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI)

Tokyo, Japan

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Paris, France

Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (Ciemat)

Madrid, Spain

Czech Technical University in Prague

Praha, Czech Republic

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Juelich, Germany

Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN)

Fontenay Aux Roses, France

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic

Husinec-Rez, Czech Republic

Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (ICTHJ)

Warszawa, Poland

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

Roma, Italy

Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Brussels, Belgium

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany


Paris, France

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

National Nuclear Laboratory

Seascale, United Kingdom

Nuclear Research Institute Rez

Husinec, Czech Republic

Paul Scherrer Institut

Villigen, Switzerland

Polytechnic University of Milan

Milano, Italy

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Gif-sur-Yvette, France

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

University of Parma

Parma, Italy

University of Reading

Reading, United Kingdom

University of Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France

University of Twente

Enschede, Netherlands


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/323282
Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2016


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