Interim storage of spent fuel elements
In accordance with the disposal concept for nuclear
power plants, waste from nuclear facilities is to be safely enclosed
in repositories with no time limitation. These repositories are not
yet available today. Until then the spent fuel elements are either transported
to the two central interim storage facilities at Ahaus (North-Rhine
Westphalia) and Gorleben (Lower Saxony) or to reprocessing plants abroad.
To minimize these transports, the Federal Government requests the additional
possibility to place spent fuel elements in interim storage facilities
at the power plant site. For this purpose, site interim storage facilities
are to be erected which can hold the fuel elements until their ultimate
disposal in repositories in 30 to 40 years. The operators of nuclear
power plants have filed licensing applications with the Federal Office
for Radiation Protection for the erection of site interim storage facilities.
For interim storage the fuel elements are packaged in special transport/storage
containers (Castor® containers) which
are used both for the transport from the nuclear power plant to the
interim storage facility and as a storage container. The 40 cm thick
wall shields the radiation off, cooling fins at the outside of the container
ensure safe heat dissipation of the heat generated by the decay of the
fission products to the ambient air.
11 - 15 March 2018
30 September - 04 October 2018
Prague, Czech Republic