Safe and Sustainable Back-End of the Fuel Cycle (SSFC 2020)

Conference to be held in conjunction with the Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Four Group

Earlier this year, the Government of the Czech Republic unveiled an innovative strategy named the Czech Republic – the Country for the Future, which aims to provide enhanced support for applied experimental research and development and innovation. SÚRAO, as the Czech nuclear waste management organisation, is eager to contribute towards the success of this strategy by focusing on research in all the stages involved in the development of the Czech deep geological repository, the most important aspect of which consists of research concerning the safety of the facility, fully re-specting, particularly, the long half-lives of heavy metal radionuclides. Other considerations include the economic efficiency of the project and the comparison of this high-level radioactive waste disposal method with alternative methods such as the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel or its long-term storage for potential further use, for example as fuel for generation IV nuclear reactors, etc.

We fully believe that this process should be conducted in an open and transparent way, involving all the institutions and the public concerned. The aim of this conference, which includes an optional visit to SÚRAO’s Bukov Underground Research Facility (URF), is to provide for the exchange of knowledge and experience on technological and other aspects related to the successful development of deep repositories for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. We believe that the experience of foreign organisations is able to make a significant contribution to the further optimisation and adaptation of the various solutions available to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. This international conference will be held under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Economic Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament represented by the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee (to be confirmed).


Tuesday 29 September – Wednesday 30 September 2020  

Hotel Pyramida, Bělohorská 24, Praha 6

Agenda  will be announced soon 

Note: an optional visit to the Bukov Underground Re-search Facility will be arranged for those interested on Thursday
1 October 2020 (due to limited capacity, it is advisable that you inform us of your interest as soon as possible).

URF Bukov

The Bukov Uderground Research Facility is located at a depth of 550 metres below the earth’s surface, serves as a test site for the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority with respect to the assessment of the behaviour of the rock environment and building materials at a depth corresponding to that anticipated for the future deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.

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