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Sustainable Nuclear Fission Technology Platform

Objective

The long-term contribution of nuclear energy to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions could be greatly increased by introducing sustainable nuclear energy technologies.

Sustainability means:
(i) minimizing the amount, the thermal load, and the toxicity of nuclear waste in geological disposal following the ALARA principle,
(ii) efficient use of uranium and thorium resources.

The overall objective of the proposed Sustainable Nuclear Fission Technology Platform (SNF-TP) is to develop a coherent European strategy and to provide the mechanisms for consolidating and deciding future joint undertakings within the EURATOM Treaty. The SNF-TP would also consolidate the European and EURATOM positions within the GIF-initiative, including waste management related to closed fuel cycles involving fast neutron reactors. The Platform would not propose to take decisions regarding the EU fission budget, but it would provide the forum for establishing future proposed projects for the EURATOM Framework Program.

The SNF-TP has four sub-goals, as follows:
A) Establishing a sustainable, closed fuel cycle for electricity production using innovative (Generation IV) fast neutron reactor systems in conjunction with partitioning and transmutation (P and T) technologies;
B) Establishing a commercially viable Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) for process heat and hydrogen production;
C) Improving the performance of currently operating (Generation II) and future near-term (Generation III) Light Water Reactors (LWR) while maintaining a high degree of safety, establishing a unified approach of LWR life time extension, and assessing the SCWR;
D) Assuring adequate training to preserve and enhance the human competence in the nuclear field, and maintaining/renewing the infrastructure necessary for achieving sustainability of nuclear energy. Cooperating with the other EU-Projects, especially the hydrogen platform, geological waste disposal, and fusion material activities.

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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

Address

Batiment Le Ponant D - 25 Rue Leblanc
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

Dan Gabriel CACUCI (Prof.)

Participants (21)

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ANSALDO NUCLEARE S.P.A.

Italy

AREVA NP SAS

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE

Italy

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH

Germany

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM ROSSENDORF E.V.

Germany

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

KFKI ATOMENERGIA KUTATOINTEZET

Hungary

NEXIA SOLUTIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE - CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Belgium

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Germany

USTAV JADERNEHO VYZKUMU REZ A.S.

Czechia

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)

Finland

VATTENFALL AB

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36410

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2008

Funded under:

FP6-EURATOM-NUCTECH

  • Overall budget:

    € 795 305

  • EU contribution

    € 600 000

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France