CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN
Review of molten salt reactor technology

Review of molten salt reactor technology

Objective

However promising may be the MSR performances emphasized and before starting any more detailed studies of new MSR concepts, key points concerning mainly the chemical aspect of the Molten Salt technology must be deeply analysed. A large amount of work was performed between the 60's and 80's by ORNL, in Europe and in former Soviet Union. Some knowledge is available in literature and in laboratories. There is a need to analyse data and experiments available. The objectives are the evaluation of MSR based on comprehensive understanding of physical and chemical characteristics, and the achievement of models required for this evaluation. The project is largely based on the assessment of the state of the art in Europe and in other countries in order to establish the requirements in future R&D programs. An exploration of the most promising options will be don e in the fields of salt characterization and materials in order to validate the analysis based on the review of studied projects.

The renewed interest in MSR takes place in reviewing innovative systems in European countries in order to bring adequate answers to the constraints weighing on the future of the nuclear energy in terms of cost, safety, environmental impact and public acceptance, and to keep open the nuclear option in the following years. Indeed, the MSR concept presents a number of significant advantages, as regards key points for future nuclear systems, like waste management, efficiency of the system, use of fissile materials, or non-proliferation issues. In particular, the high MSR potentiality to reduce strongly the long lived wastes due to high burn up and on-site simplified processing, explains the development of new MSR concepts. The objectives are the re-evaluation of previous projects with new objectives and the evaluation of the new Molten Salt Reactors concepts, with the determination of the key points for feasibility, safety and efficiency of these innovative systems.

Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

Address

Cea/Saclay
91191 Gif Sur Yvette

France

Administrative Contact

Patrice BERNARD (Dr)

Participants (16)

Sort alphabetically

Expand all

BELGONUCLEAIRE SA

Belgium

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

Germany

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

ENERGOVYZKUM SPOL. LTD

Czechia

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Germany

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT

Germany

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

France

ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Italy

NUCLEAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE REZ A.S.

Czechia

OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

United States

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

RESEARCH CENTER ROSSENDORF

Germany

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Sweden

SKODA JS A.S.

Czechia

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: FIKI-CT-2001-20183

  • Start date

    1 November 2001

  • End date

    31 October 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EAECTP C

  • Overall budget:

    € 633 678

  • EU contribution

    € 580 638

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France