Russia’s Rosatom is positioning itself to lead research and testing for Generation IV fast neutron reactors, including high temperature gas-cooled, molten salt, and lead-bismuth designs. Following an update of plans released by Rosatom in June, Dan Yurman fills in the details. It is creating an International Research Centre and has signed up four partnering nations so far – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. The R&D facility is due to be operational in 2025, though that is five years later than first planned. It will use its 150MWt multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor (MBIR), currently under construction. Yurman says the timing of the announcement may be a response to U.S. plans, revealed in May, for its own Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, aimed at upgrading the nation’s support for the development of advanced reactors. Though unloved in some parts of the world, these nations are making plans for the next generation of nuclear technology.
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