This volume is a collection of the papers presented at the International Seminar on Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems toward Zero Release of Radioactive Wastes, which was held in Japan in November 2000. Scientists and engineers working in academia, research organizations and industry came together to discuss the role and contributions of nuclear energy to the environmental issues in the new millennium. It provided a forum for open discussions about the pursuit of solutions for the reduction of nuclear wastes based on the accelerator and fusion technologies, in addition to the advanced fission technology to harmonize the nuclear energy systems with the global environment. It also promoted future international collaboration in the following research fields: the role of nuclear energy in the new millennium; waste management; transmutation of minor actinides and fission products; advanced fission systems, accelerator driven systems, fusion systems, nuclear database, and advanced nuclear fuel cycles for transmutation of wastes.

Published originally as a special issue (volume 40/3-4) of the international journal Progress in Nuclear Energy.


For scientists and engineers working in academia, research organizations and industry.

Table of Contents

Selected Papers. A Nuclear energy system for a sustainable development perspective. Self consistent nuclear energy system (Y. Fujii-e, M. Suski).

The Role of Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century. The need for innovative nuclear reactor and fuel cycle systems: strategy for development and future prospects (V. Mourogov et al.). The fourth generation of nuclear power (J.A. Lake). Requirements for nuclear energy in the 21st century-nuclear energy as a sustainable energy source (G. Kessler). The role of nucler energy in the 21st century for sustainable development in Korea (B.W. Lee).

Advanced Fuel Cycle and Waste Management. Japan's program for back-end of nuclear fuel cycle-flexibility is the key (A. Suzki). Research and development in Japan on long-lived nuclide partioning and trasmutation technology (S. Aoki). R&D activities based on fast reactor cycle technologies for transmutation of TRU and LLFP by JNC (K. Aizawa).

Role of Transmutation, Objective, Scenario and R&D Issues of Projects. U.S. accelerator-driven transmutation of waste (ATW) program objectives, and technology development efforts (G.J. Van Tuyle et al). Multi-Component Self-Consistent Nuclear Energy System for sustainable growth (M. Saito). Transmutation: issues, innovative options and perspectives (M. Salvatores). Partitioning and transmutation studies at JAERI both under OMEGA program and High-Intensity Proton Accelerator Project (T. Takizuka, M. Mizumoto).

Hazards of Nuclear Wastes and Impact of Transmutation. Relationship between deposited nucide inventory and HLW repository performance (J. Ahn). Simple assignment of partitioning & transmutation objectives to reduce the overall repository impacts due to thermal load and nuclide migration (T. Ohe).

Advanced Fission Reactor System for Transmutation. The encapsulated nuclear heat source reac


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About the authors

T. Sawada

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan