The main goal behind ALFRED and Lead technology development is to maintain the nuclear energy source as an important contributor to the development of a secure and low carbon European energy system. ALFRED, as one of the projects supported by the European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative (ESNII), brings together industry and research partners in the development of so-called Generation IV Fast Neutron Reactor technology, as part of the EU's Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). In the role of European Technology Demonstrator Reactor (ETDR), ALFRED was designed to be fully representative of an industrial size reactor, but with a reduced thermal power. Specific design solutions (e.g. no intermediate circuit, simplified and robust component design, compact size), will allow the collection of operational experience on LFR technology. Safety of ALFRED is extensively based on the use of the defence in depth criteria, enhanced by the use of passive safety systems.
Our strong commitment and deep involvement in the LFR development was formalized through the signature of an unincorporated Consortium, namely
CONstruction), in Bucharest (2013). The Consortium gathers Ansaldo Nucleare, ENEA and RATEN-ICN, plus CV-Rez since 2014.
FALCON was aimed at managing the R&D strategic needs and securing the necessary funding for siting, licensing and construction. The signature of multiple Memoranda Of Agreement (MOA) between FALCON and universities, research centres and industries has further strengthened the LFR European community providing stability for the envisaged long-term program.
The Romanian Minister of Economy, Trade and Business Environment expressed the interest in hosting ALFRED and supporting the implementation of the demonstrator. ALFRED is considered a factor for economic growth, improved innovation, job creation, strengthening of RDI poles and creating the career opportunities for young talents.