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Innovation in concrete design for hazardous waste management applications

ICONDE (EEA-RESEARCH-165) is one of the Baltic Research Program's projects, which is financially supported by the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants. The project is developed in cooperation with Arctic University of Norway, University of Tartu, Lithuanian Energy Institute and aims to promote circular economy by developing new, partly oil shale ash based concretes suitable for radioactive waste management.

The goal of the project is to create novel types of fiber reinforced concrete, using oil shale ash as an additional cementing material. Addition of oil shale ash to the standard cement leads to lower natural resource and energy consumption, as well as CO2 production (Oil shale ash, an industrial waste product created in Estonian energy production). Specialized concrete with well engineered nuclear shielding properties, due to the addition of basalt-boron fibers, can be used for immobilization of hazardous waste, both for transportation and long-term storage.

The implementation of the project started on May 1. 2021.

For more information visit the website of ICONDE

Start: May 01. 2021
End: April 30. 2024
Unit: Riga Technical University

Project categories: Applied Research
Academic disciplines: Materials science and engineering
Keywords: Solid waste management / Radioactive Pollutants / Nuclear power reactors / Concrete / Hazardous substances / Circular economy / Oil shale ash


The EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation


Andrejs Krasnikovs
Ashfaque Ahmed Jhatial
Eirik Gjerløw
Iveta Novakova