Advanced Waste Management Strategies for High Dose Spent Adsorbents

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

The Great East Japan Earthquake, on 11 March 2011, triggered a devastating tsunami, leading to the loss of at least 19,000 lives and partial melt down of three boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ici site (Units 1-3). A key technology need in the site stabilisation, recovery and decommissioning programme at the Fukushima Dai-ici site is the decontamination of water used to cool the damaged reactor cores and ground water infiltrating the damaged reactor buildings. This is achieved by use of commercial inorganic ion exchange materials to strip the radionuclide contaminants in several purpose built facilities, which yield a variety of highly radioactive and dispersible "High Dose Spent Adsorbents". Of key concern is the production of hydrogen from radiation induced degradation of water within the adsorbent material, which poses an explosive hazard. The overarching aim of this project is to improve the passive safety of the high dose spent adsorbents to assure prolonged near surface storage and / or disposal in an engineered facility, in accordance with IAEA Safety Standards for the storage and pre-disposal management of radioactive wastes. To achieve this goal, we will develop novel thermal treatment approaches to transform the wet, granular, and dispersible material into an immobile monolithic form which is chemically and physically stable, eliminating the key hazard of hydrogen production. The approaches developed in this project will address a common need in international decommissioning and civil nuclear energy programmes, in which inorganic ion exchange materials find common application. In particular, the research will provide a route to treat a substantial volume of clinoptilolite waste present on the Sellafield site (classed as intermediate level waste) for which there is no currently accepted treatment route.

Planned Impact

We have identified four groups of beneficiaries who will gain from the proposed research
1. Public and private sector organisations engaged in nuclear decommissioning, will benefit directly from the knowledge and understanding generated by the research, which will assist in reducing the overall cost and hazard of radioactive waste management in future and legacy programmes.
2. The public will benefit from reduced hazard, cost and timescale of nuclear decommissioning and improved environmental outcomes as a result of more robust radioactive waste management processes.
3. Policy makers will benefit from improved scientific underpinning of radioactive waste management
strategies, which will assist in reducing uncertainties, leading to more accurate economic assessments.
4. Academia will benefit from new scientific discoveries through dissemination in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Publications

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Hyatt N (2018) Nuclear Waste Management

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Kaspar T (2019) Physical and optical properties of the International Simple Glass in npj Materials Degradation

 
Description This project was focused primarily on development of hot isosatic pressing as a technology for treatment of high dose adsorbent (HDSA) materials on the Fukushima site. The project has concluded and made substantial progress has been made toward achieving its objectives. The project was supported by several bi-lateral visits in 2016-17. The project also featured in several broadcast interviews and features.
The first phase of our research investigated the high temperature conditioning of commercial ion exchange materials, loaded with stable-isotope fission and activation products, as glass-ceramic material by hot isostatic pressing. A comprehensive investigation of the potential processing envelope was completed to achieve production of acceptable and optimised wasteform materials. A key outcome of this research was to demonstrate the processing of materials without additives, achieving the maximum possible waste incorporation rate and minimum packaged volume, which is essential for industrial application. The results of this research were presented by invitation at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting 2016 and by contribution at the MRS Fall Meeting 2016 (runner up for best poster prize). The second phase of our research involved assessment of the disposability of the glass-ceramic wasteforms, using a suite of dissolution methodologies. Our results demonstrated that these materials perform as well as, or better than, high level waste glasses intended for disposal in a UK geological disposal facility, tested under similar conditions. The research outcomes were accepted for several publications, most notably, J. Hazard Mater., 413 (2021) 125250 and J. Hazard Mater., 401 (2021) 123764. Additionally, we investigated the encapsulation of simulant high dose spent adsorbents and determined the adsorbent material to be compatible with the encapsulation matrix, providing an alternative viable pathway for immediate treatment of these high hazard materials. This strand of research supported several peer reviewed publications on the development of phosphate cements and alternative encapsulants, including Cem. Conr. Res., 141 (2021) 106332, Cem. Concr. Res., 142 (2021) 106375, and Inorg. Chem., 60 (2021) 195. Further peer reviewed publications to disseminate these research outcomes are in development. Research outcomes were presented at several international conferences in keynote presentations, including the MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium 2019, PACRIM-13 in 2019, and the Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan in 2018. The project also succeeded in meeting a stretch objective to investigate the potential of Spark Plasma Sintering of HDSAs to afford a passively safe glass-composite material. This proved a remarkably effective, and potentially disruptive, approach to conditioning of HDSAs, achieving partitioning of Cs (the key radionuclide of concern) into a durable crystalline feldspar phase, encapsulated in an aluminosilicate glass matrix. This research was invited, and accepted, for publication in a special issue of Journal of Nuclear Science & Technology (J. Nucl. Sci. Technol., 56 (2019) 891). Research supported by this grant has also contributed to several other peer reviewed publications, which have utilised knowledge, techniques and materials developed in the project.
Exploitation Route When matured, research could be taken up by industrial organisations in designing and implementing flow sheets for immobilisation of ion exchange materials on the Fukushima and Sellafield sites.
Sectors Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description A key outcome of this research is an understanding of how thermal treatment processes can be exploited to condition radioactive wastes and produce passively safe products suitable for interim storage and disposal. This outcome has attracted commercial interest with two contracts awarded for application and maturation of general and specific concepts developed in this project. The research outcomes developed in this project also attracted European interest, leading to two EC Horizon 2020 grant awards to further develop and optimise the approach to problematic reactive wastes generated at sites across Europe. More widely, this research has further developed our understanding of how advanced waste treatment technologies can radically change the risk posed by the inventory of radioactive waste consigned to geological disposal, by eliminating waste reactivity, achieving effective immobilisation of long lived radionuclides, with substantial reduction in waste volume. This evidence was provided to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure. The evidence was cited as the key basis for Recommendation 2 in the Committee report, "We recommend that the Government clarifies in the NPS the level of uncertainty regarding the inventory and explains to prospective host communities how this will affect their right to reject the GDI at any point during the siting process" - as set out at paragraph 34 in the body of the report. HM Government accepted this recommendation and the National Policy Statement was amended to reference to new paragraphs within the 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' white paper published in 2018. The research undertaken in this project has attracted national and international media attention, leading to ca. 10 television and radio interviews on our research findings and their potential application at the Fukushima and Sellafield sites, including BBC News, Channel News Asia, and Singapore Today. These broadcasts have enabled development of public understanding of the radioactive waste management challenges on the Fukushima site and the contribution of our research to developing safe and acceptable waste treatment options.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Impact on Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Written evidence to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on the Draft National Policy statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, was cited as the key basis for Recommendation 5 "We recommend that the Government clarifies in the NPS the level of uncertainty regarding the inventory and explains to prospective host communities how this will affect their right to reject the GDI at any point during the siting process" - as set out at paragraph 34 in the body of the report.
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1092/1092.pdf
 
Description NIRAB II membership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact An evidence submission was made on the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Inquiry on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, by Prof. Neil Hyatt, which highlighted the need to make more explicit assumptions on the waste inventory to be disposed of, and treatment options, since these are critical for public acceptance and the primary drivers of GDF costs and timescales. The advice, informed by expertise developed through EPSRC sponsored research, was cited by the Select Committee in making Recommendation 2 in the report, which states "For transparency purposes, the Government should clarify in the NPS the level of radioactivity that, to its knowledge, waste from the 16 to 18 gigawatt electrical new nuclear build programme would add to the total volume of radioactivity in the GDI and how that will impact the infrastructure requirements of the facility. The Government should also provide details in the NPS on the level of radioactivity from new nuclear build waste as a proportion of the total level of radioactivity in the GDI". http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-committee/draft-national-policy-statement-for-geological-disposal-infrastructure/written/85497.html https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1092/1092.pdf In its response to accepting this recommendation, HM Government stated: The Government is grateful for the Committee's recommendation, and in response has now added several references in the NPS to sections within the 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' document. With regards to the host community, the detail on the process for establishing and communicating the inventory is set out within the new paragraphs 6.54 and 6.55 of the published 'Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities' policy document published in December 2018. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy/Government-response-to-the-BEIS-Committee-Report-on-the-draft-National-Policy-Statement-for-Geological-Disposal-Infrastructure.pdf The National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure incorporating the above changes in response to the evidence provdied by Prof. Hyatt was designated in August 2019, and is now the policy of HM Government. The National Policy Statement will be used as the primary basis for the examination by the Examining Authority, and for decisions by the Secretary of State, in considering development consent applications for geological disposal infrastructure that fall within the definition of a NSIP as set out in section 14(1)(q) and section 30A of the Planning Act 2008 ('the Planning Act'). https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-10-17/HCWS18/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-policy-statement-for-geological-disposal-infrastructure
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-energy-industri...
 
Description (PREDIS) - PRE-DISposal management of radioactive waste
Amount € 23,773,743 (EUR)
Funding ID 945098 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2020 
End 08/2024
 
Description A new precision cutting saw for radiological materials science
Amount £10,990 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description CHaracterisation, Imaging and MaPping of fuel debris for safe retrieval (CHIMP)
Amount £253,279 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R01924X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Description DECC - MIDAS capital grant
Amount £800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description DISCO - Horizon 2020
Amount £3,450,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2021
 
Description ERDF: Royce Translational Centre
Amount £4,005,654 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 02/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description ICARUS: Improving Chernobyl by Assistive Research at the University of Sheffield
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Isolation of 14C species from spent ion exchange resins and their stabilisation
Amount £386,163 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S032959/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 08/2022
 
Description MIDAS Collaboratory
Amount £800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description NDA - Plutonium Disposition / IAA match
Amount £214,712 (GBP)
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description NDA Bursary Scheme - damaged fuels
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Pyrochemical Waste Treatment - Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description Simulated Used Nuclear Fuel Dissolution as a Function of Fuel Chemistry and Near Field Conditions
Amount £338,984 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R006075/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2021
 
Description Sir Henry Royce Institute - Sheffield Build
Amount £8,770,885 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P025285/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Sir Henry Royce Institute -Sheffield Equipment
Amount £15,229,114 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P02470X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description THERAMIN
Amount € 3,972,539 (EUR)
Funding ID 755480 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2020
 
Description Thermal Treatment of Spent Ion Exchange Resins
Amount £25,010 (GBP)
Funding ID Award value is confidential 
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description UoS & Suppliers - MIDAS equipment match
Amount £335,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Collaboration with ESRF XMAS and DUBBLE beamlines 
Organisation European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Extended application focus of beamline techniques to XAS data acquistion in the hard X-ray regime.
Collaborator Contribution Beamline optimisation to acquire XAS data from glass and ceramic materials in support of plutonium disposition.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Kyushu University 
Organisation Kyushu University
Department Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glass formulation design and characterisation for conditioning of high dose spent adsorbents at the Fukushima site.
Collaborator Contribution Formulation and characterisation of hot isostatically pressed ceramic wasteforms for high dose spent adsorbents at the Fukushima site.
Impact See research publications.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Tohoku University 
Organisation Tohoku University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glass formulation design and characterisation for conditioning of high dose spent adsorbents at the Fukushima site.
Collaborator Contribution Formulation and characterisation of hot isostatically pressed ceramic wasteforms for high dose spent adsorbents at the Fukushima site.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DELTA (Dortmunder ELekTronenspeicherring-Anlage) 
Organisation Technical University of Dortmund
Department Dortmund Electron Storage Ring System (DELTA)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of beamline XAS applications to low concentration detection in disordered systems and expansion of international user programme.
Collaborator Contribution Acquisition of XAS data in hard X-ray regime.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Photon Factory KEK Hard X-ray Beamline BL9 
Organisation High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Application of total electron yield detection to characterisation of ion beam amorphised surface layers on ceramic wasteforms.
Collaborator Contribution Access to and training on Photon Factory BL9.
Impact See publication section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UK Embassy in Japan 
Organisation British Embassy Tokyo
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have worked closely with the British Embassy in Japan to organise events and visits of the JUNO network in Japan, including joint sessions at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan spring meetings, site visits (e.g. to Fukushima Dai-ici), networking meetings to bring together research leaders from the UK and Japan, collaboration forming meetings with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and engagement with the intergovernmental UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue. We have also worked closely in selecting the key research leaders to participate in these events.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in the British Embassy in Japan have supported the activities of the network through matched financial and in kind support (to deliver in country networking events and scientific meetings) and access to the science and innovation network to connect with key stakeholders in Japan with whom we need to engage.
Impact Key outcomes include: * Joint sessions in the Atomic Energy Society of Japan spring meetings to showcase joint UK / Japan research; * Networking workshops to stimulate and nurture new bilateral collaborations; * Research visits to the Fukushima Dai-ici and JAEA Tokai sites to facilitate knowledge transfer; * Participation in the intergovernmental UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue - to communicate network activities and outcomes.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Washington State University at Pullman 
Organisation Washington State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Investigation and understanding of phase separation and crystallisation in glass-ceramics for immobilisation of high level radioactive waste from future fuel cycles.
Collaborator Contribution Investigation and understanding of phase separation and crystallisation in glass-ceramics for immobilisation of high level radioactive waste from future fuel cycles.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2015
 
Description 3rd UK - Japan Nuclear Forum, UK Embassy, Tokyo, Japan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to attend the 3rd UK - Japan Nuclear Forum at the UK Embassy, Tokyo, on 5 February 2019, as the lead of the JUNO network and a joint research project funded under the UK - Japan EPSRC / MEXT civil nuclear programme. The event provided an opportunity to disseminate (by poster, literature and face to face discussion) the activities and outcomes of the network and project to industry leaders, policy makers, and senior academics in Japan, and promote wider UK - Japan collaboration in nuclear energy and decommissioning. Several follow up requests for further information were received following the event and three new collaborations are under development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description A long term solution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited by RWM Ltd to present a short video explaining the benefits of geological disposal of radiaoctive wastes, in recognition of her expertise developed through several EPSRC research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoPSaWV-tQU
 
Description Can Japan's 'Recovery Olympics' heal Fukushima's nuclear scars? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media interview on Fukushima recovery operations informed by project related UK - Japan engagement and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/can-japan-s-recovery-olympics-heal-fukushima-s-nuclear-scars-n111...
 
Description Chernobyl: uncovering the mystery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk on the cause of the Chernobyl and Fukshima melt downs and the role of our EPSRC sponsored research in supporting the clean up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Co-ordinated Research Project on Management Degraded Nuclear Fuel and Corium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Collaborative integrated knowledge exchange project to share understanding of degraded fuel and corium characterisation and treatment. Research outcomes will form an IAEA technical document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaboration building meeting with Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 30 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A bilateral meeting was organised with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to showcase joint UK / Japan research in civil nuclear energy and potential opportunities for future collaboration. The meeting highlighted characterisation and retrieval of corium material at Fukushima as a topic of particular interest, which seeded a successful grant application under the phase four of the UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT civil nuclear energy collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Collaboration building seminar on thermal treatment of radioactive wastes with leading researchers from Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research seminar involving ca. 30 leading researchers from Japan and University of Sheffield to explore opportunities for collaboration in thermal treatment of radioactive wastes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Feature article on Fukushima and Chernobyl related research sponsored by EPSRC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Feature interview in Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph on radioactive waste management research, with particular focus on applications at Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/star-interview-with-richard-blackledge-how-sheffield-expert...
 
Description IAEA Summer School on Radiation Effects on Radioactive Wasteforms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiation Effects in Nuclear Waste Forms and their Consequences for Storage and Disposal, 12-16 September 2016, with engagement of over 30 international researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/7633/
 
Description Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiation Effects in Nuclear Waste Forms and their Consequences for Storage and Disposal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Workshop aimed to gain awareness on the most recent findings of research into radiation effects in nuclear waste forms and their role for waste storage and disposal. It specifically aimed to contribute to the transfer of specific knowledge to Member States towards their capacity building efforts and competence in nuclear waste immobilisation and disposal. The workshop was attended by 35 participants from 18 nation states, including experienced and early career researchers from universities, industry and government laboratories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/7633/overview
 
Description Joint Workshop for the UK-Japan Civil Research Programme: Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The JUNO Network co-organised, with the Nuclear Safety Research Association (Japan), a workshop from 6 - 7 February to develop UK - Japan collaboration in nuclear decommissioning. An open process was managed to select a UK team of 25 senior and early career research leaders, to attend a two day workshop in Kyoto, with counterparts in Japan, with the aim of defining common research challenges in UK - Japan nuclear decommissioning to inform future funding calls to the joint civil nuclear research programme. Delegates worked through a series of facilitated sessions to capture and prioritise research challenges, methodologies, and facility requirements. Participant feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with ca. 95% of participants indicating that the event had met or exceed their expectations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jointly organised a session at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting, to showcase outcomes of joint UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT projects, Tokai, Japan, 29 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session was organised at the Atomic Energy Society of Japan Spring Meeting in Tokai, which took place on 29 March 2017, to showcase joint UK / Japan research in the civil nuclear energy programme. The session attracted ca. 50 participants and elicited discussion both on the technical aspects of the research and the opportunities and benefits of UK / Japan collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Letter to the Guardian: Strategies for nuclear weapons and waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt published a letter in The Guardian newspaper in response to an earlier article on radioactive waste, highlighting the need for a sustainable and definite end solution, informed by EPSRC sponsored research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/strategies-for-nuclear-weapons-and-waste
 
Description MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised flagship 40th anniversary MRS symposium on scientific basis for nuclear waste management, showcasing research in multiple EPSRC sponsored projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Media and public engagement workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivered a media and public engagement skills summer school for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in DISTINCTIVE consortium, which was open to attendance to EPSRC sponsored researchers in nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Organised: MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised the MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Symposium, 2018, which attracted more than 100 experts from around the world for a 4 day symposium on state of the art research outcomes in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in International Glass Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in International Glass Working Group - dissemination of research outcomes from multiple EPSRC sponsored projects with the aim of developing a state of the art unified model for glass corrosion, relevant to radioactive waste disposal; participation in expert group designing collaborative international experiments using International Standard Glass.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in Seventh UK / Japan Nuclear Dialogue, London, 24-25 October 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The JUNO network was invited to present its mission and activities supporting joint UK / Japan research in civil nuclear energy at the 7th UK - Japan Nuclear Dialogue, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo, Japan, co-chaired by Prof Robin Grimes (Chief Scientific Adviser, FCO, UK) and Mr Kawasaki,(Deputy Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, MOFA, Japan). The meeting was attended by senior policy makers in civil nuclear energy in the UK and Japan (including representatives of BEIS and MEXT). Participants from Japan requested further information on the network and its activities to disseminate to key research leaders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/seventh-annual-uk-japan-nuclear-dialogue
 
Description Participation in expert panel on decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ici at ICONE 26 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in expert panel on decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ici at ICONE 26, London, UK, and contribution of UK research groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at UK - Japan Technology Showcase, Tokyo, 26 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to audience at joint UK / Japan networking and collaboration building workshop, to disseminate the role and opportunities of the JUNO network in supporting bilateral collaboration in civil nuclear energy. The presentation elicited interest from new members to join the network and participate in its activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://junouk.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/juno-jst-workshop-2017.pdf
 
Description Radiation affected robots in decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ici site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A recorded interview with the PI was broadcast on Sputnik Radio - World in Focus, 6 March 2017, giving an up to date assessment of the situation at Fukushima Dai-ici and the problematic effects of radiation fields on the performance and failure of robots used in the decommissioning process; the broadcast elicited direct contact from members of the public interested in finding out more about our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio Interview: Fukushima - Japan begins removal of nuclear fuel from reactor site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited to discuss the challenges of Fukushima clean up and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the radio station BBC Newshour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Radio interview on Fukushima decommissioning and our related research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview on Fukushima decommissioning and our related EPSRC sponsored research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://sputniknews.com/radio_world_in_focus/201703061051319142-hollande-le-pen-turkey-syrian-kurds-...
 
Description Royal Society Workshop on Nuclear Co-Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to participate in the Royal Society meeting on Nuclear Co-generation in recognition of his expertise in radioactive waste management developed through several EPSRC research projects, outcomes from which were highlighted in discussion contribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SMEA Lecture: Putting the Mission into UK Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact New research collaborations identified with attending industrial companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sheffield scientists pioneer new method for managing radioactive waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Television interview as part of World Science day, discussing radioactive waste management research associated with EPSRC sponsored projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://vimeo.com/191056195
 
Description Singapore Today - radio interview on UK - Japan collaborative research to support Fukushima clean up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to discuss the challenges of Fukushima clean up and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the radio station Singapore Today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TUC Congress: Panel Debate on Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Claire Corkhill was invited to participate in an Expert Panel Debate on Nuclear Decommissioning at the TUC Congress, in recognition of her expertise developed through several EPSRC research projects, outcomes of which were highlighted in the opening remarks and panel debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TV interview with Channel News Asia: treatment of contaminated water at Fukushima 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was invited to discuss the challenges posed by contaminated water treatment on the Fukushima site and the role of UK - Japan collaborative research, highlighting examples on treatment of fuel debris and spent high dose adsorbents, on the TV station Channel News Asia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK - Japan Collaborative Research Showcase in Nuclear Decommissioning at Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, 27 March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In partnership with the UK Embassy in Japan, a UK - Japan Collaborative Research Showcase in Nuclear Decommissioning was organised at Spring Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, on 27 March 2018. The JUNO network supported attendance by 15 UK delegates from universities and research organisations. The UK and Japan PIs (or their delegates) of joint UK - Japan EPSRC / MEXT research projects presented the key outcomes of their research in Phase 1-3 projects to an audience of ca. 100 conference delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK - Ukraine workshop on Chernobyl Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised a bilateral workshop to develop UK - Ukraine collaboration in decommissioning of Chernobyl Unit 4 in association with EPSRC sponsored research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK / Japan Technology Showcase, 26 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A networking event organised to bring together research leaders in civil nuclear energy in Japan and UK. Approximately 40 participants co-created a set of research challenges around themes in nuclear decommissioning, waste management, environmental remediation and reactor technology to identify and prioritise UK - Japan collaboration. The networking was successful in developing new collaborations which were successful in grant application for the fourth phase of the UK EPSRC / Japan MEXT collaboration in civil nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK researchers simulate nuclear lava to help manage Chernobyl fallout 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage of grant produced research which developed public understanding of the management of degraded and damaged nuclear fuels at Fukushima and Chernobyl sites, based on media and public feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theweek.in/news/sci-tech/2020/01/30/uk-researchers-simulate-nuclear-lava-to-help-manage-...