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Roadmap for a European Innovative Sodium cooled Fast Reactor

Roadmap for a European Innovative Sodium cooled Fast Reactor

Objective

Fast Reactors have a unique capability as sustainable energy source in terms of both utilisation of fissile material for energy production and minimisation of the nuclear waste, due to the hard neutron spectrum; LMFR are among the selected Generation IV systems to address the sustainability issues.

The SSA named "Roadmap for a European Innovative SOdium cooled FAst Reactor - EISOFAR" aims enabling the European Community to define its specific R&D strategic objectives on sodium cooled fast reactors embedded in the ongoing discussions performed within the CA on the SNF-TP; it has the ambition to be a key component of the European Strategic Research Agenda.

During its 1-year period EISOFAR SSA is pursuing several technical objectives:
- The identification of a comprehensive set of preliminary requirements, approaches and strategies applicable, in general, to future LMFR and in particular to a fourth generation European Sodium Fast Reactor (ESFR);
- The preliminary definition of new opportunities of viability's domains where the solutions will be found in order to meet the above requirements, and the identification of plausible design options;
- The identification of R&D topics for the ESFR and specific Euratom R&D studies;
- The preparation of a preliminary Roadmap for the ESFR It is expected that the SSA results will contribute mainly on the following items for the ESFR:
- Strategies and requirements on: Safety, and ways for possible improvements; Safeguards for PR&PP improvement an d implementation; Reduction of investment and operating costs;
- Feasibility domains for: Core design with minor actinides; Advanced fuel cycle (actinide recycling, waste management, resistance to proliferation); Design options and promising alternatives.

These insights will allow helping the identification of the specific R&D needs, the objectives and content for an integrated project in FP7 and the plausible schedule for the ESFR deployment.

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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

Address

BÂTiment Le Ponant D - 25 Rue Leblanc
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

Gian-Luigi FIORINI (Mr)

Participants (16)

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AREVA NP SAS

France

CESI RICERCA SPA

Italy

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE - JRC

Belgium

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SA

France

EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA

Spain

ENDESA GENERACION SA

Spain

ENERGOVYZKUM SPOL. LTD

Czechia

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

Italy

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH

Germany

NATIONAL NUCLEAR CORPORATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

NEXIA SOLUTIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Germany

USTAV JADERNEHO VYZKUMU REZ A.S.

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44824

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-EURATOM-NUCHORIZ

  • Overall budget:

    € 489 139

  • EU contribution

    € 249 021

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France