The forward looking vision of Lead Fast Reactors is very tightly linked to the novelty of this concept. And this, in the nuclear industry, is requested to advance in parallel with the full demonstration of the safety performances, as a guarantee for the protection of people and the environment.
To prove the effectiveness of the Lead Fast Reactor concept being pursued in the European context, a demonstration reactor was envisaged in 2010 and, since then, developed in a collective effort at pan-European level. ALFRED – the Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator – stems from this aim: a research reactor able to demonstrate the viability of the general concept (in the short term) and to support the safe and sustainable operation of the envisaged fleet of industrial systems (in a longer term).
Since 2010, all the main European research organization have been engaged in the path to the demonstration of this technology, allowing the Lead Fast Reactor to be acknowledged as a sound option for a future sustainable energy scenario.
The ALFRED project also encompasses, along with demonstration through the ALFRED reactor, an extensive research and development program, which is undergoing and planned, so as to enlarge even more the scope of the project itself.