Framatome and TUM develop UMo fuel for research reactor
18 May 2020
Framatome and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) began the commercial development of uranium-molybdenum fuel (UMo) for nuclear research reactors.
Framatome and TUM will design and install the fuel manufacturing production line, and develop, produce and irradiate new fuel prototypes. The project will take place at the CERCA Research and Innovation Lab (CRIL), Framatome’s new research and development laboratory dedicated to advancing the fabrication of nuclear fuels for medical, research, and sterilization applications.
The team will install the operational manufacturing line in early 2021 with the production of the first prototypes planned for 2022. TUM, Framatome, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, the Institut Laue-Langevin and SCK-CEN (the Belgian nuclear research center) will be involved in irradiation activities.
The development of this fuel is a major challenge, which several international teams are tackling. The success of this project will allow Framatome to position itself well in the manufacture of UMo research fuel.