Framatome and Technical University of Munich will work on U-Mo fuel

French company Framatome and the Technical University of Munich will work together to develop of uranium-molybdenum fuel for research reactors. The project will lead to the development of a pilot U-Mo fuel production line at the Cerca Research and Innovation Lab (CRIL). The line is expected to produce first fuel elements for irradiation experiments in 2022. Development of the fuel could potentially allow converting the FRM-II reactor in Munich to LEU fuel.

FRM-II is one of the few research reactors in Europe that uses HEU fuel. Fuel elements for the reactor are produced in France from the material supplied by Russia.