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  • 1 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) 150 Deokjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-353, Korea
  • | 2 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) 150 Deokjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-353, Korea
  • | 3 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) 150 Deokjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-353, Korea
  • | 4 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) 150 Deokjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-353, Korea
  • | 5 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) 150 Deokjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-353, Korea
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Summary  

The Advanced Spent Conditioning Process (ACP) developed by the KAERI is based on pyrometallurgy and the electrolytic reduction plays a central role in transforming spent oxide fuels into metals. The constituents of the spent fuels are distributed between a salt and a reduced metal phase during electrolysis. Lithium metal is produced in a molten LiCl-Li2O cell and then it reacts with the metal oxides of the spent fuel producing Li2O and reduced metals. By focusing on the activity of Li2O and the electric potential, the electrolytic reduction process of the ACP is discussed. Thermodynamic considerations are defined and operation conditions are proposed including Li2O activity and cell potential.