Characterization of conditioned radioactive waste for its safe disposal in Europe

  • Genoud, Guillaume (Manager)

Project: EU project

Project Details


Establishing quality control schemes for conditioned radioactive waste.

Safe interim storage and final disposal of radioactive waste (RW) requires effective characterization and quality control of the waste.

Project aims to address the specific and complex issue of the characterization of conditioned radioactive waste (CRW) by means of non-destructive analytical (NDA) techniques and methodologies and establish quality control schemes for conditioned radioactive waste in Europe.

These studied techniques include:
 • Calorimetry as an innovative non-destructive technique to reduce uncertainties on the inventory of radionuclides
 • Muon Tomography to address the specific issue of non-destructive control of the content of large volume nuclear waste
 • Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) as an innovative technique to characterize outgassing of radioactive waste.

VTT MIKES will develop cavity ring-down spectroscopy technique to characterize outgassing of radioactive waste at a very low detection level.

The CHANCE project falls within the NFRP 7-2016-2017 topic “Research and innovation on the overall management of radioactive waste other than geological disposal” of the H2020 Euratom Work Programme 2016–2017.
Effective start/end date1/06/1731/12/21

Collaborative partners

  • National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (ANDRA) (lead)
  • BA66 National metrology institute VTT MIKES
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) (Project partner)
  • National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) (Project partner)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) (Project partner)
  • KEP Technologies Group (Project partner)
  • Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) (Project partner)
  • University of Bristol (Project partner)
  • University of Sheffield (Project partner)
  • Warsaw University of Technology (Project partner)
  • Instytut Chemii i Techniki Jądrowej (INCT) (Project partner)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • radioactive waste
  • nuclear waste disposal
  • cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS)
  • H2020-Euratom-1.2