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European Lead-cooled System

Objective

The GEN IV initiative considers fast reactors mandatory for a sustainable development of the Nuclear Energy. Europe has a large experience in the field of sodium-cooled fast reactors (e.g. SPX1) and has made a big effort in the Lead-Bismuth Eutectic (LBE) technology for use in the sub-critical reactors in both the past FP5 and the ongoing FP6. The natural development is the use of pure lead since less expensive, less corrosive and of lesser radiological concern than LBE. Lead is chemically inert and has good neutronic characteristics that are unique among the coolants for a fast reactor. The ELSY project aims at the demonstration that it is possible to design a competitive and safe fast power reactor using simple technical engineered features. The high lead density has the advantage that, in the hypothetical case of a core disruption, it is unlikely to lead to core compaction scenarios which might cause the insertion of large amounts of reactivity in a short time. The use of compact in-vessel steam generators and of a simple primary circuit with possibly all Internals being removable are among the reactor features for competitive electric energy generation and long-term investment protection. Europe is taking the initiative to promote this ambitious project and it_s relevant to note that the FP6 is the last opportunity to carry out a very innovative activity with participation of young engineers and scientists, who would learn from engineers and scientists near to retirement with large experience in fast reactors design. GEN IV Partners outside Europe are also willing to participate in design and development of a common large-scale LFR. The activity consists of management and technical activity subdivided into six Work-Packages: WP1: Design objectives, cost estimate, future R and D needs WP2: Core design and performance assessment. WP3: Main components and systems. WP4: System integration. WP5: Safety and transient analysys WP6: Lead technology
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Coordinator

ANSALDO NUCLEARE SPA

Address

Via Lorenzi Nicola 8
16152 Genova

Italy

Activity type

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

Participants (19)

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AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA

Italy

Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Ricerca Tecnologica Nucleare

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA

Spain

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

REGIA AUTONOMA PENTRU ACTIVITATI NUCLEARE RA

Romania

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

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

Belgium

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

South Korea

DEL FUNGO GIERA ENERGIA SPA*DFGE

Italy

MASSACHUSSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MIT CORPORATION

United States

KOREA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (KESRI)

South Korea

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36439

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    28 February 2010

Funded under:

FP6-EURATOM-NUCTECH

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 884 590

  • EU contribution

    € 2 949 645

Coordinated by:

ANSALDO NUCLEARE SPA

Italy