LWR-DEPUTY is conceived to fit in a portfolio of experimental research on novel fuels for deep burning of plutonium in existing nuclear power plants (NPPs). It studies to what extent the existing NPPs in Europe can create markedly less nuclear waste by moving to inert matrix fuels.
In Generation IV initiative (GEN IV) and Accelerator Driven System (ADS) activities, programs are launched to conceive new reactors and fuels to achieve these objectives as well. However, in LWR-DEPUTY an alternative route is followed, where one enrolls the existing LWRs in the advancement for reducing nuclear waste.
The fact that novel fuels are developed for existing reactors allows one to assess the full scenario for industrial implementation including design, fabrication, licensing, in-pile reactor performance and safety.