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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Beneficiary No 1 (COORDINATOR)

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8000 employees, 18,500 students. KIT was established on October, 1st, 2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (founded in 1956), one of the largest national research centres in the Helmholtz Association. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities.
The institute leading the scientific-technical work in the project (Institut für Nukleare Entsorgung, KIT-INE) is dealing with immobilization of high-level radioactive waste, partitioning and geochemical processes relevant for demonstration of the long-term safety within the disposal Safety Case. Since many years, the involved institute is one of the driving organizations for development of the geochemically based long-term safety assessment for radioactive waste disposal. The competence covers, amongst others, basic actinide thermodynamics, the behaviour of long-lived radionuclides in the geosphere, radionuclide transport properties in all media considered to host nuclear waste repositories in Europe, isotope-geochemistry and hydrology and rock mechanics. In the area of the disposal Safety Case it provides support in various national advisory bodies, such as the national reactor safety commission.

Amphos 21 Consulting S.L. (AMPHOS)


Amphos 21 Consulting, S.L. is a SME that provides scientific and technical consultancy services to address a range of environmental issues mainly associated with the management and disposal of radioactive and hazardous wastes, contaminated groundwater and soils as well as environmental planning and management. Within the present field, the main output is expert advice to national radioactive waste management agencies and regulators. To this aim Amphos 21 counts with a team of highly qualified professional specialized in scientific and technical disciplines related with the management of radioactive wastes.

Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)

Beneficiary No 3

CIEMAT is an organism of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. It is a Public Research Agency for excellence in energy and environment, as well as in many vanguard technologies and in various areas of fundamental research. The mission of CIEMAT is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country and the quality of life of its citizens, through the generation and application of scientific and technological knowledge.
During the last decade, the working group involved in the project (Sorption, Migration and Colloid Laboratory, Department of Environment) participated in many projects related to the research on deep geological repository, both in the frame of international EU and non EU projects and widely collaborated with ENRESA, the Spanish National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

Beneficiary No 4

The Institute for Radiochemistry (IRC) is part of the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). HZDR is equally funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free-State of Saxony. The research activities of the Institute of Radiochemistry are focussed on an improved understanding of radionuclide transport in the environment through basic and applied research. The institute has ample experience with the characterization of environmental problems (mostly in connection with former uranium mining and processing facilities). This includes applied radiochemistry, low-level nuclear radiation measurements, laser fluorescence and photoacoustic spectroscopies, modelling of thermodynamic equilibrium and migration processes, interactions between microbes and radionuclides, sorption phenomena on mineral surfaces, formation and distribution of colloids, synchrotron radiation based X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and solubility and speciation studies.

Chalmers University of Technology (CTH)

Beneficiary No 5

Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Recycling – two closely collaborating research groups of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, with excellent facilities for radiological work are participating in the project.
Some of the laboratories/equipment that is at CTH disposal include an alfa-box laboratory, a gamma laboratory with hot cell, radiochemical laboratories, inert-boxes with and without refrigeration capacity, a large number of diffusion cells, several HPGe-detectors with and without sample changer, a NaI-detector with sample changer, a SiLi-detector, alfa-spectrometers, two liquid scintillation counters, AKUFVE-units of Pd impregnated Ti as well as in PEEK, a gamma-cell irradiator, gas-MS, ICP-MS and ICP-OES for active samples, an autoradiograph and BET-equipment for surface characterization, IC for an- and cat-ions as well as organic molecules, scanning and diode-array type spectrophotometers with fiber-optics and up to 5 m cuvettes, a potentiostat, numerous electrodes of different kinds, manual and automated titrators.

Ústav jaderného výzkumu Řež a.s. (NRI)

Beneficiary No 6

Nuclear Research Institute Řež plc (NRI) main mission is to remain the key technical-engineering body contributing to the development of long-term sustainable power supply in the Czech Republic and to be a significant part of the European Research Area in the field of nuclear energy. Its services for State Office for Nuclear Safety and Czech nuclear power plants in operation play a considerable role in ensuring safe, reliable and economic operation of these plants, in their fuel cycle efficiency and radioactive waste management safety.
The Waste Disposal Department activities are focuses primarily on supporting RAWRA in development of long-term R&D programme for Deep Geological Repository. The activities include laboratory and field experiments for quantification of migration and geochemical processes (sorption, diffusion) and laboratory experiments for quantification of degradation rates of spent fuel, waste forms and engineered barriers (disposal container materials, backfill and buffer materials). Environmental safety performance and risk analyses of geological disposal systems (behaviour spread of radionuclides and toxic substances in near field and far field of disposal facilities and their environmental impacts) play also an important part in the Department programme.

Conterra AB (CONTERRA)

Beneficiary No 7

Conterra AB is a private Swedish environmental consulting company established in 1989 with qualified consultants in geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology and rock mechanics. Conterra has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Luleå.

M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

Beneficiary No 8

Chemistry department of Lomonosov Moscow State University is a state higher educational establishment that also has a license to conduct research work in different fields including nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry.

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT (VTT)

Beneficiary No 9

VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, is a government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT operates under the public mandate established for it by The Technical Research Centre of Finland Act (144/72). VTT is the largest public applied research activity in Finland with a staff of 2740 (in 2007).
VTT’s mission is to produce research services that enhance the international competitiveness of companies, society and other customers at the most important stages of their innovation process, and thereby creates the prerequisites for growth, employment and well-being.
VTT’s key technology fields include: Applied materials, Bio- and chemical processes, Energy, ICT Industrial systems, Microtechnologies and electronics, Technology in the community, and Business Research.

Kemakta Konsult AB (KEMAKTA)

Beneficiary No 10

Kemakta Konsult AB is a Swedish, independent, employee owned consultancy specializing in environmental risk assessment primarily applied to the management of radioactive and chemical waste and to the management of contaminated land. Kemakta has been performing analyses of the dispersion of contaminants in fractured crystalline rock, soil, air, and water since 1975. Kemakta currently employs a staff of about 23 chemical engineers, environmental engineers, biologists, hydrogeologists and physicists all with an academic degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.). Kemakta is thus an SME.

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