NSC Task Force on Demonstration of Fuel Cycle Closure including Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) for Industrial Readiness by 2050 (TF-FCPT)


Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), the Task Force on Demonstration of Fuel Cycle Closure including Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) for Industrial Readiness by 2050 (TF-FCPT) covers different existing and emerging technologies for advanced and innovative transuranic (TRU) management strategies – e.g. Pu multi-recycling and minor actinide (MA) transmutation – in the following areas:

  • Advanced separation technologies for conventional used fuels
  • Advanced fuel fabrication and performance
  • Transmutation systems (liquid metal fast reactors, accelerator-driven systems, molten salt reactors)
  • Advanced fuel reprocessing
  • Advanced fuel technological aspects (including transportation, cooling, and handling)


The main goal of the Task Force FCPT is to produce a “High-level Report” aiming to be a comprehensive reference on technological, economic and societal aspects of fuel cycle closure including P&T.

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The main objectives include:

  • Stress the need and the urgency to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in advanced fuel cycles and P&T technologies to move from research and development (R&D) to pre-industrial scale demonstration;
  • Identify R&D and infrastructure needs and gaps and provide recommendations on priority actions to be implemented;
  • Provide policy-makers with information for future decisions as regards technologies that would enable the industrialisation of fuel cycle closure from 2050 on;
  • Provide the drivers for joint projects on the experimental demonstration of the fuel cycle closure.

In addition to the High-level Report, the Task Force intends to establish a library of published documents addressing the benefits of P&T, the technical challenges and developments in the field. 


The Task Force liaises closely with the NSC Working Party on Scientific Issues of Advanced Fuel Cycles (WPFC), the Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle (NDC) and the Generation-IV International Forum (GIF).


  • 12th meeting (28-29 September 2022, NEA Headquarters)
  • 11th meeting (12 July 2022, remote)
  • 10th meeting (17 May 2022, remote)
  • 9th meeting (28 January 2022, remote)
  • 8th meeting (13 December 2021, remote)
  • 7th meeting (04 November 2021, remote)
  • 6th meeting (07 October 2021, remote)
  • 5th meeting (02 September 2021, remote)
  • 4th meeting (16 July 2021, remote)
  • 3rd meeting (07 June 2021, remote)
  • 2nd meeting (07 April 2021, remote)
  • Kick-off meeting (18 January 2021, remote)



Gabriele Grassi