Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market

Global Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market Analysis and Opportunity Assessment by Type, Material, Processing Technologies, Region, and Country – Forecast 2022 – 2032

In the forecast period between 2022 and 2032, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8%.

Category: Clean Energy & Power Published Date : October 2022 ID: CVC-00312 Format: PDF Pages: 300

Global Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market Size Analysis

According to a research survey conducted by ChemView Consulting, in 2022, the Global Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market was worth US$ 1,792.4 Mn and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% over the forecast period. While the historical CAGR is 5.6%, the market is expected to hit US$ 3,460.6 Mn by 2032 end.

Reprocessing nuclear fuel prevents the squandering of valuable resources by recovering uranium as uranium reprocessed (Repu) and reprocessed plutonium (Pu). New reprocessing technologies are being created by producers in the nuclear fuel recycling industry for use with fast neutron reactors. Long-lived actinides, like uranium and plutonium, are expected to be burned by the new reprocessing method without being separated from one another.

Reprocessing fertile or fissile combustible material through nuclear fuel recycling lowers the amount of high-level waste. The two main fuels that are recycled heavily worldwide are fissile plutonium and fertile U-238. For instance, most studies have successfully turned plutonium from used fuel into mixed oxide fuel (MOX).

Market Dynamic


The global nuclear fuel recycling market is driven by the rising demand for recycling used nuclear fuel to recover unusable plutonium and uranium. Recycling can help create a closed fuel cycle, improving the nation’s energy security. The demand for nuclear fuel recycling is expected to increase due to the limited supply of natural uranium and the rising demand for clean fuel.

Recycling nuclear fuel cuts the amount of disposable waste in half. Additionally, it reduces the radioactivity of disposable garbage. The amount of natural uranium needed for fission and smelting can be reduced by 30% by recycling uranium and plutonium into fresh fuel.


Recycling plutonium used as jet fuel is expensive compared to uranium fuel. According to the Department of Energy estimate, a recycling facility with an annual production capacity of 2,000 tonnes of spent fuel would cost up to $ 20 billion, which is expected to hurt the market over time.

Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market

Market Segments Covered in Report

By Type:

  • LWR Fuel
  • Other Nuclear Fuels

By Material:

  • Uranium
  • Plutonium
  • Others

By Processing Technologies:

  • COEX
  • NUEX
  • NEXT
  • REPA
  • Others

By Region and Country:

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia & New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Rest of Middle East)
  • Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Rest of Africa)

Segment-Wise Analysis

What is the significance of uranium material in Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market?

While long-lived radioactive elements like plutonium find usage as manufactured new fuel for advanced reactors to be produced commercially, uranium is reused as fresh fuel for nuclear power plants. Recycling atomic waste reduces the amount of waste while extending the life of the uranium that is still usable.

Throughout the projection period, rising nuclear waste recycling market demand is anticipated to be significantly fueled by national energy security. This is so that original uranium can provide 25% to 30% more energy by closing the fuel cycle by recycling old fuel.

Region-Wise Analysis

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

  • Due to the rise in consumer awareness of Nuclear Fuel Recycling in the region, the Asia Pacific market, which currently holds a share of 56.2%, is expected to grow rapidly over the projected period. Fuel additive producers in China have been motivated to set up new manufacturing lines by increasing demand for Nuclear Fuel Recycling in the Asia Pacific region. In the ensuing years, this will probably increase the demand for Nuclear Fuel Recycling in the nation.
  • Europe is anticipated to be a significant market region in terms of consumption throughout the expected timeframe. Russia, France, and the United Kingdom are the principal European nations having reprocessing facilities.

Competition Analysis

To grow their market share, the major companies in the global fuel market oxygenates concentrate on selling their goods through reliable channels.

A list of some of the key suppliers present in the market are:

  • Orano
  • NUKEM Technologies Engineering Services GmbH
  • Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited
  • Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
  • Areva S.A.
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
  • JGC Corporation
  • Advanced Nuclear Fuels
  • GNS GesellschaftfürNuklear-Service
  • Urenco Group

Global Nuclear Fuel Recycling Market 2022-2032: Report Coverage and Highlights

  • Assessment of the historical and current market size (2017-2021), market projections (2022-2032), and its contribution to the parent market
  • Key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and key emerging trends impacting market growth
  • Predictions on critical supply, demand, and technological trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • Value chain analysis (list of manufacturers, distributors, end-users, average profitability margins, etc.)
  • Segment-wise, country-wise, and region-wise market analysis
  • Competition mapping, market share analysis, key strategies adopted by top players, and competitive tactical intelligence
  • Key product innovations and regulatory framework
  • Covid-19 impact on the market and how to navigate
  • Strategic market analysis and recommendations on crucial winning strategies
Research ScopeDetails
Forecast period2022-2032
Historical data available for2017-2021
Market analysisUSD Million for Value and Tons for Volume, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Key regions coveredNorth America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa
Key countries coveredUS, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia & New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt
Key segments coveredBy Type, Material, Processing Technologies, and Region
Customization scopeAvailable upon Request
Pricing and purchase optionsAvailable upon Request