Dept. of Energy - Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy. Deadline: 4/14/22. $48M Available.
Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE)
The U.S. has accumulated approximately 86,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from light-water reactors (LWRs), a value that increases by approximately 2,000 tons per year. This UNF is destined for permanent disposal even though more than 90% of its energy remains. Reprocessing UNF to recover reusable actinides and recycling them into new fuel for advanced reactors (ARs) would improve fuel utilization and drastically reduce the volume of waste requiring permanent disposal. CURIE seeks to develop innovative separations technologies, material accountancy, and online monitoring technologies, as well as designs for a reprocessing facility that will enable group recovery of actinides for AR feedstocks, incorporate in situ process monitoring, minimize waste volumes, enable a 1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh) fuel cost for AR fuels, and maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kWh.
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Submissions to this FOA are due no later than 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on 04/14/2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least 48 hours in advance of the due date.
April 14, 2022
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