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European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative
The European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative (ESNII) will address the need for demonstration of Gen-IV Fast Neutron Reactor technologies, together with the supporting research infrastructures, fuel facilities and R&D work. As indicated in the Strategic Research Agenda, Sustainable Nuclear Energy European Technology Platform (SNETP) has prioritized the different Gen-IV systems and is proposing to develop in parallel two technologies:
- the sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor technology as the reference solution, with the construction of a prototype around 2020 in France, which is strongly supporting this technology,
- an alternative technology – either lead-cooled fast reactor or gas-cooled fast reactor – with the construction of an experimental reactor to demonstrate the technology, in another European country willing to host this programme.
Although the ESNII is intended to be partially funded through public/private partnerships, it is clear that Community funding will be necessary and SNETP is looking forward to the future communication of the EC on the funding of the SET Plan.
For more information on this initiative, visit the related section on the Sustainable Nuclear Energy ETP.