At the start of July 2017, CRA Graduate Consultant Bernat Cirera attended a Summer School in Lecco about the Safety of Molten Salt Reactors.
The Summer School was organised by SAMOFAR (Safety Assessment of the Molten Salt Fast Reactor), which is one of the major Research and Innovation projects in the Horizon 2020 Euratom research programme.
Molten Salt Reactors are a Generation IV reactor, which have their fuel in liquid form at high temperatures and ambient pressure. They have several advantages like online refuelling and reprocessing, enhanced safety due to the lack of high pressure and the possibility to use Spent Fuel as a Fuel closing the cycle among others. However, they present several challenges like corrosion, neutron degradation on the structure of the primary system and licensing issues. Across the 3 days of the Summer School several aspects of the technology were discussed.
Speaking about the event Bernat commented: “ It was great to participate in the Summer School and learn alongside over 50 other attendees from across Europe. During the 3 days local Italian cuisine was provided, there was a poster session competition and we finished with a dinner on the shore of Lake Como. Additionally each day there were further networking opportunities which provided a more relaxed ambience for sharing ideas and opinions about this innovative technology.”
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