We are committed to the future of nuclear energy: we are an active member of NUGENIA (Nuclear Generation II and III Association) and ESNII (European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative), two pillars of the SNETP (Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform), which coordinates initiatives on nuclear fission towards the collective vision of Europe's transition to a low-carbon energy mix by 2050.
In addition to its role in SNETP, Ansaldo Nucleare, through Euratom, chairs the GIF-LFR provisional System Steering Committee. We are focusing our commitment on research studies of innovative Light-Water Reactors (LWR) and Heavy Liquid Meal (HLM) fast reactors, for energy production, as well as for transmutation and irradiation purposes through two streams:
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)
In a general context of financial uncertainties and accelerated growth of new economies, we are looking at SMR as an attractive solution to a worldwide increasing demand for carbon-free electricity, thanks to the reduced financing barriers, as well as to the increased flexibility and adaptability to local grids and siting conditions.
We have participated to the design of main RCS (Reactor Cooling Systems) components such as special Helicoidal Steam Generators.
Generation IV reactors are currently designed to improve safety, sustainability, efficiency and cost for nuclear plants. A number of reactor types are being developed. We have been developing LFR technology since the early 2000' and we consider it capable of meeting the highest performances in terms of sustainability, safety, proliferation resistance and economics, i.e. addressing long-term goals set out by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). By guaranteeing the highest level of safety and potentially excluding any domino effect, the Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) technology is an optimum candidate for multi-unit sites, as an essential competitive character of the SMR philosophy.