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Euratom Research and Related Strategy in the Field of Nuclear Systems and Its Support to V/HTR as Part of the Contribution to GIF

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Panagiotis Manolatos, Georges Van Goethem, Marc Deffrennes, Michel Hugon, Simon Webster

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Paper No. HTR2008-58151, pp. 57-66; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/HTR2008-58151
From:
  • Fourth International Topical Meeting on High Temperature Reactor Technology
  • Fourth International Topical Meeting on High Temperature Reactor Technology, Volume 1
  • Washington, DC, USA, September 28–October 1, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4854-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3834-1
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

Energy is at the top of the political agenda. Energy technology, including nuclear, has a role to play in addressing the associated challenges. The Euratom research programme in the area of nuclear fission is contributing to the development of innovative reactor concepts that are more sustainable, intrinsically safe and proliferation resistant, economic and capable of co-generating both electricity and process heat. The need for such Generation-IV reactors is also stressed in the EU’s recently published Strategic Energy Technology Plan, and the development of these advanced systems is the focus of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform established in September 2007, which is at the cornerstone of the EU’s strategy in nuclear R&D and brings together all the key European nuclear research and industrial players in this field. The paper provides a summary of the present situation and prospects in these areas, with an emphasis on V/HTR technology.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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