Orano’s innovation culture draws on our openness to innovative ecosystems, including start-ups and SMEs, and to a new kind of partnership, like that found in the world of design or in deep-tech. It encourages the freedom to take action and collective intelligence by developing a mindset that always centers our thinking on customers, users and value creation.
Intervention in nuclear environment is leading us to innovate over and over, in order to enhance safety and security. The driver of our creativity is the safey of our operators, leveraging and empowering them in harsh situations.Innovation experience
Lab’O anticipates, adapts and captures new development opportunities and markets in a world that is undergoing ever more rapid transformation. Through “expeditions,” the participants build prospective frameworks in which new ideas and concepts emerge. Fascinating!
Orano is participating in the project dedicated to recycling and re-using electric vehicle batteries. This project is part of a circular economy approach aimed at giving the re-usable materials in batteries a second life. Working in a consortium with several industrial partners, we are developing a process which separately purifies and recovers the metals contained in the batteries of electric vehicles (lithium, cobalt, nickel, etc.) so they can be recycled and made into new battery components.
CIME (an extractive metallurgy innovation center) is one of Orano’s main R&D hubs. Located in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, this new industrial facility is aimed at developing innovative solutions in several areas such as energy transition, the circular economy, healthcare, ore processing and engineering. Two industrial pilots will be deployed on the site as part of the project to recycle and re-use the metals contained in electric vehicle batteries.
Because we want to strengthen our know-how and develop our advanced technologies outside the nuclear field, we have set up a laboratory for producing stable isotopes (LIS). These non-radioactive elements are used in numerous applications and demand for them continues to grow due to their properties, especially in the medical field (cancer diagnosis and treatment), in the industrial sector (increased laser performance) and in basic research (quantum information science). This new advanced technology laboratory is a first in France.
Orano has unique expertise in the nuclear fuel cycle. This industrial know-how is based on facilities that are among the most modern in the world and recognized throughout the market for the technological skills of their personnel and their innovative processes, which offer the best guarantees in terms of technical reliability, energy savings and environmental impact.