Cebama is a research and innovation action granted by the European Atomic Energy Community in support of the implementation of the first-of-the-kind geological repositories. The 4-year project Cebama started 1st of June 2015 and is carried out by a consortium of 27 partners consisting of large Research Institutions, Universities, one TSO (Technical and Scientific Support Organizations), and one SME (small medium enterprise) from 9 EURATOM Signatory States, Switzerland and Japan. National Waste Management Organizations support Cebama by co-developing the work plan, participating in the End-User Group, granting co-funding to some beneficiaries, and providing for knowledge and information transfer.
The kick-off meeting of Cebama was held on Thursday, 2nd of July, 2015 in Brussels with selected representatives from all project beneficiaries joining. Cebama addresses key issues of relevance for long-term safety and key scientific questions related to the use of cement-based materials in nuclear waste disposal applications. The overall strategic objective of Cebama is to support the implementation of geological disposal by significantly improving the knowledge base for the Safety Case for European repository concepts. The scientific/technical research of Cebama is largely independent of specific disposal concepts and addresses different types of host rocks, as well as bentonite. Cebama is not focusing on one specific cementitious material, but aims at studying a variety of important cement-based materials in order to provide insight on general processes and phenomena which can then be easily transferred to different applications and projects. Specific objectives of Cebama are summarized are: