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INNOVATIVE SCO2-BASED HEAT REMOVAL TECHNOLOGY FOR AN INCREASED LEVEL OF SAFETY OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

Objective

The main aim of the sCO2-4-NPP is to bring an innovative technology based on supercritical CO2 (sCO2) for heat removal in nuclear power plants (NPPs) closer to the market. sCO2-4-NPP builds on results of the previous H2020 sCO2-HeRo project, where the technology was first developed and brought to TRL3. The sCO2-4-NPP technology will be a backup cooling system, attached to the principal steam-based cooling system, which will considerably delay or eliminate the need for human intervention (>72 hours) in case of accidents such as StationBlackOuts, thus replying to the need for increased safety in NPPs. Thanks to the compact size and modularity of the system, it can be retrofitted into existing NPPs but also included in future NPPs under development. Through a close collaboration between major industrial actors and highly-skilled academic institutions, the sCO2-4-NPP partners will bring the full system to TRL5 and parts of it to TRL7 by carrying out experiments, simulations, design, upscaling and validation of the technology in a real NPP PWR simulator. Regulatory requirements will be considered in the conceptual design of components and the system architecture to increase the chances of acceptance by European nuclear safety authorities and speed up the road to the market. Detailed technical, regulatory, financial and marketing roadmaps will be developed for bringing the technology to industrial use (TRL 9) after the project. The sCO2-4-NPP technology will increase NPP safety, decrease the plant overall environmental footprint and potentially lower costs for energy consumption, thus increasing the competitiveness of European NPP operators.
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Coordinator

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

Address

Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 336 489,13

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 368 125

NUOVO PIGNONE TECNOLOGIE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 32 725

FIVES CRYO

France

EU Contribution

€ 169 750

GFS GESELLSCHAFT FUR SIMULATORSCHULUNG MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 124 332,25

KSG KRAFTWERKS-SIMULATOR-GESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 124 042,63

CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 271 375

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 161 562,50

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 537 511,25

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 86 625

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 139 914,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 847606

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2022

Funded under:

H2020-Euratom-1.7.

H2020-Euratom-1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 786 971,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 352 452,01

Coordinated by:

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France