Launch of a brand new uranium analysis and innovation interface

The increase in electricity needs, national energy independence and the decarbonization of our energy matrix are challenges for which nuclear energy can offer a solution. Thanks to its know-how in the transformation and control of nuclear materials, France enjoys a strategic position. It can thus count on a unique ecosystem, made up of world-class manufacturers such as Orano, which can interact with fundamental or applied research centers recognized for their skills.

With the aim of permanently adapting to industrial and scientific challenges, the CNRS, the University of Lorraine and Orano chose to create a joint laboratory (LabCom), capitalizing on more than 40 years of scientific collaboration. Called CREGU, and positioned at the heart of Nancy’s research and training ecosystem, it will draw on the expertise of the GeoRessources laboratory (CNRS/Lorraine University). A real asset as you will be able to gain access to its historical know-how, but also to its sample collections, data and analytical platforms, which are among the most efficient in the country.

“For Orano, a responsible uranium producer and industrialist, it is essential to develop new research topics on uranium in connection with its activities. Mutually beneficial to its 3 partners, LabCom CREGU will extend the shared themes beyond geology, integrating digital technologies or hydrometallurgy and building a common development strategy », explains Nicolas Maes, president of Orano Mining.

CREGU’s work will be structured in five research areas, aiming to improve the knowledge of uranium deposits, in order to increase the probability of discoveries, develop new characterization and modeling tools and optimize industrial processes. recycling.

To achieve its goals, CREGU will have a team of around 30 people, linked to various partners such as CNRS, the University of Lorena and Orano. It is also intended to become a training tool through research, namely thanks to the involvement of numerous master’s and doctoral students.

“Orano is a historic partner of the University of Lorraine in training and research. The creation of this labcom with CNRS, in addition to the industrial chair recently obtained through the ANR, only reinforces this collaboration between Orano and Lorraine’s website”, highlighted Hélène Boulanger, president of the University of Lorraine.

Thanks to CREGU, the three partners have the ambition to jointly obtain results in fundamental sciences, applicable in cutting-edge industrial innovation, particularly in the areas of uranium mining.

“CREGU is the result of a relationship of trust built over time with Orano and the University of Lorraine. It fully illustrates the CNRS policy of developing joint laboratories, this form of successful and lasting collaboration between the academic world and the economic world. We have more than 210 in operation, with companies of all sizes, and our ambition is to have 400 in four years”. highlights Antoine Petit, President and CEO of CNRS.

Find uranium deposits.
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Explore the deposits.
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Developing the tools of tomorrow.
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Inventing the industry of the future.
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Article “When CNRS forms a joint laboratory with companies”

GeoRessources laboratory website (CNRS/UL): http://georessources.univ-lorraine.fr/

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