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The Gas Cooled Fast Reactor Project

Objective

Fast Reactors have a unique capability as sustainable energy sources, for both utilisation of fissile material and minimisation of nuclear waste, due to the hard neutron spectrum. The current interest is in exploring particular advantages of the gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) primarily as an economic electricity generator, with good sustainability and safety characteristics, but also capable of minimising nuclear waste via transmutation of minor actinides. GCFR could also support hydrogen production. This GCFR FP6 project is directed at the ambitious long term goals of the Generation IV Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) R and D Project: self-generating cores, robust refractory fuel, high operating temperature, direct conversion with a gas turbine and full actinide recycling possibly associated with integrated on-site fuel reprocessing. The project strategy takes full advantage of technologies being developed for V/HTR (via close links with the proposed FP6 V/HTR integrated project) but with significant extrapolations, if not breakthroughs, to reach the objectives stated above. Thus, it calls for specific R and D beyond current and foreseen work on thermal VHTRs. The R and D is structured into two technical packages specific to GCFR: System integration and Design and Safety, Fast neutron fuel, other core materials and specific fuel cycle process. A third specific package ensures the efficient interface with other FP6 projects. During its 4-year period the GCFR project will contribute a European perspective to key events of the Generation IV GFR programme, namely: the safety approach for GFR, the pre-selection of GFR reference design options and promising alternatives, the Preliminary Viability Report for GFR, selection of the Experimental Technology Demonstration Reactor (ETDR) design options, including safety design features, a contribution to the Safety Options Report, establishing the mission and contributing to the ETDR Mission Report.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/nuclear engineering/nuclear waste management
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/nuclear energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/nuclear physics/nuclear fission
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

EURATOMCALL2004-FIXEDDEADLINE
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

NATIONAL NUCLEAR CORPORATION LIMITED
Address
Booths Hall, Chelford Road
Knutsford - Cheshire
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Daresbury Park 1100
Warrington
EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA
Spain
Address
Magallanes 3
Madrid
AREVA NP SAS
France
Address
1, Place De La Coupole - Tour Areva - Paris La Defense
Courbevoie
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
Petten
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
Address
Villigen
Villigen Psi
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Julianalaan 134
PB 5 Delft
CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LA RICERCA TECNOLOGICA NUCLEARE
Italy
Address
Via Flavia 104
Roma
NEXIA SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
1100 Daresbury Park, Daresbury
Warrington
COMMISSARIAT L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Fédération
Paris