For the nuclear energy of the future
French participation in the development of the nuclear systems of the future
Thanks to its high-performance and vibrant research, France is committed to developing the nuclear energy of the future. France considers international cooperation to be essential in coming up with a new generation of more competitive, safer and more proliferation-resistant reactors that generate less long-lived radioactive waste.
- It participates in the International Generation IV Forum and the IAEA’s International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO).
- In March 2013 in Paris, in collaboration with the IAEA, it hosted the International Conference on "Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles : Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR13)"
- It is involved in studies on the ASTRID project, a 4th generation sodium-cooled fast reactor.
- It is conducting discussion in the field of small- and medium-power reactors such as Flexblue, an offshore nuclear energy production unit.
- It is using high-tech experimental infrastructures used for the fuel cycle and reactors : LECA, LECI laboratories, Atalanta and the Jules Horowitz Reactor which is under construction.
- France is studying the construction of a Cigéo deep geological disposal centre for highly-radioactive waste.
- It is playing an active role in the IFNEC initiative (International Framework For Nuclear Energy Cooperation, formerly GNEP).
- The ITER reactor will be built on the European site in Cadarache, France.
- It is taking part in the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) which aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the process to assess the safety of new reactor designs.
Mur d'images de la Direction de l'énergie nucléaire. Simulation pour la conception de réacteurs à neutrons rapides de 4ème génération. Crédits : P.Stroppa/CEA