Alternative materials for encapsulation of nuclear waste in a net zero world

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is seeking game changing encapsulation solutions that are more fitting for a future Net Zero world. 

Cement based materials are used extensively for the encapsulation of a wide variety of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes. However lower alkalinity alternatives are being explored to reduce corrosion of encapsulated metals. These alternatives also offer environmental benefits due to their lower carbon footprint. Additionally, alternatives are being sought to ensure security of supply.

Current cement-based systems require considerable energy to produce and release CO2 in their production. In light of the UK Net Zero 2030 targets, there is a requirement to be even more ambitious. This challenge seeks novel solutions to more sustainable materials.

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Please download the challenge statement for full details of this opportunity.

We hosted a webinar on 18th January 2022 which included Q&A with challenge owners. View the recording here.

The application deadline for this challenge is 31 January 2022 at 12 noon.

National Nuclear Laboratory

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