Innovation guides Orano’s thinking today so that it can make its ideas a reality in the future. Orano innovates to re-invent itself, broaden the field of possibilities and explore new opportunities for growth.
Our unique skills and expertise, our cutting-edge technologies, as well as some of our strategic nuclear materials are key resources in sectors with a promising future, such as healthcare, the circular economy, aerospace engineering and the energy transition. Nuclear energy will on keep surprising you!
An innovation culture
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.
An ecosystem of more than 1,500 innovative start-ups and SMEs
Collaboration with more than 100 start-ups using a “win-win” approach
More than 100 million euros invested in R&D each year
40 business explorations each year
Orano Awards promote internal innovation every 2 years
Orano I4.0 world: an interactive module that invents new industry 4.0 uses in association with partner start-ups
Innovation is part of our DNA
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.
Lab’O: a foresight laboratory @Orano
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!
Collaborations with students
Hackathon with EDHEC Business School: 80 students mobilized with Orano to reconcile nuclear energy and climate change
Schoolab students in innovative product creation are imagining new work methods at Orano and studying the impact on managerial practices
New fields of application in recycling electric batteries
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.
100 million electric vehicles in circulation in the world by 2030 versus 10 million today
A first in France and Europe
Objective: recover 95% of strategic metals (Li, Ni, Co) contained in batteries once they have reached the end of their lifetimes, with the goal of re-using them
An expertise and technological excellence platform
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.
An investment of 30 million euros
A project supported by France Relance (6.1 million euros)
New stable isotope laboratory: A first in France
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.
Surface area of 3,200 m2
An investment of nearly 15 million euros
A highly qualified staff of 20 people
Initial production runs planned for the 2nd half of 2023
A renovated, environmentally friendly industrial fleet
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.
Mines: innovative extraction techniques
Orano Malvési and Philippe Coste: entirely overhauled uranium conversion capacities that meet the most recent safety, technology and environmental standards
Georges Besse II (Orano Tricastin): one of the largest industrial platforms in Europe for uranium enrichment by centrifugation
Orano La Hague: the largest industrial platform for recycling nuclear materials in the world and recognized for the performance of its facilities which implement the latest technologies
Orano Melox: a plant setting the standard worldwide for MOX recycled fuel fabrication
Fuels for the reactors the future
Nuclear energy in the future entails a new generation of reactors whose objective is to reduce the quantity and lifetime of waste. They include AMRs, fast neutron reactors and even fusion reactors. As a global expert in the nuclear fuel cycle, we work on supplying new types of fuels, drawing on the know-how of our industrial platform at La Hague and partnering with innovative start-ups. A new adventure for Orano!
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