The European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative was launched in November 2010 to anticipate the development a fleet of fast reactors with closed cycle. Three fast neutron technologies have been selected:
- the Sodium cooled Fast Reactor with the ASTRID prototype
- the Lead cooled Fast Reactor with the ALFRED demonstrator which will be preceded by a pilot plan MYRRHA
- the Gas cooled Fast Reactor with the ALLEGRO demonstrator.
With the objective of future assessment of these advanced reactor concepts, the SARGEN-IV Project is intended to gather safety experts from recognized European Technical Safety Organizations from Designers and Vendors as well as from Research Institutes and Universities to:
- develop and provide a tentative commonly agreed methodology for the safety assessment,
- identify open issues in the safety area, mainly addressing and focusing on assessment relevant ones,
- detect and underline new fields for R&D in the safety area
- provide a roadmap and preliminary deployment plan for safety-related R&D, including cost estimation.
Firstly, the proposed methodology requires the identification and the ranking of the main safety issues related to these reactors which needs a strong collaboration with other European projects as CP-ESFR, GoFastR, LEADER and CDT.
Secondly, a review of the safety methodologies proposed by international organizations and those issued from national practices and European consortia in order to define the tentative commonly agreed methodology which will be therefore applied to specific safety issues relevant for the selected reactors.
The project beneficiaries are convinced that fostering to harmonization of the various European safety approaches will be very beneficial and will streamlining EURATOM contribution to Generation IV International Forum in the safety field. It will also improve relations between safety assessment and research programmes efficiency in the development of new concepts.
In the scope of the projects, the researchers of LEI took part in the activities of the following three working groups: (1) review of safety assessment methodologies of innovative reactors; (2) experimental application of the European safety methodologies; (3) development the European Action Plan for the scientific research and technologies of fast neutron reactor safety. LEI was a coordinator of the activity of one subdivision „Safety Assessment of Gen IV-Reactors and Review of International Documents“ of the first working group.
Total cost: 1 293 111,75 EUR (LEI part: 18 805 EUR)
Coordinator: INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE, France
- JRC – JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE – EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Belgium
- GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH, Germany
- TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT, Finland
- UJV REZ, a.s., Czech Republic
- BEL V, Belgium
- PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT, Switzerland
- AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L’ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE, Italy
- MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA KFKI ATOMENERGIA KUTATOINTEZET, Hungary
- LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS, Lithuania
- COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, France
- AREVA NP SAS, France
- ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, France
- AMEC FOSTER WHEELER NUCLEAR UK LIMITED, United Kingdom
- THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
- KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE, Germany
- HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV, Germany
- VUJE AS, Slovakia
- RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN, Germany
- ANSALDO NUCLEARE SPA, Italy
- STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE, Belgium
- UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID, Spain