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Media kits | Nuclear energy | Fast neutron reactor | ASTRID | Nuclear reactors
How do we guarantee energy independence and secure supplies, while improving safety standards, optimising our management of materials, and minimising waste production? And all this without emitting greenhouse gases? These are the specifications for future nuclear systems defined by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). Within the scope of the French Act dated 28 June 2006 on the sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste, the CEA has proposed a fourth-generation integrated technology demonstrator project called ASTRID, which is currently in its conceptual design phase.
Managing our energy sources is not only a vital need and a growth factor, but also a key issue for tomorrow's world. In this respect, the nuclear industry has a number of solid advantages, even though it is faced with issues of safety, resource sustainability and waste management, which all call for the pursuit of innovation in technology.
The nuclear industry is particularly interested in the capacity of fast reactors to use uranium more efficiently and to recycle plutonium multiple times.
The ASTRID design studies were launched in 2010. In this feature report, the CEA - the project owner and contracting authority - has outlined the profile of this fourth-generation integrated technology demonstrator.
The CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division is developing innovative solutions in the field of nuclear dismantling which are already the subject of industrial transfers.
Though it is a well-defined industrial product that has been duly tested over several decades, nuclear fuel nonetheless remains the focus of numerous innovations.
The CEA developed most processes in use today, and is pursuing research to improve, extend, and adapt the treatment and the recycling of spent fuel to tomorrow’s challenges.
Guaranteeing the safety, lifespan and performance levels of current reactors, while designing and qualifying new materials capable of resisting the specific constraints of future nuclear systems, are the main issues investigated at the CEA in the field of nuclear materials.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.