Integrating future nuclear reactors into European energy systems requires evidence that the reactors in question are safe and meet future societal needs. In line with the ESNII roadmap, the ESFR-SIMPLE project aims to improve the safety and economic aspects of the European Sodium Fast Reactor (ESFR) through the implementation of innovative technologies.
More specifically, the project partners will develop a novel Small Modular Reactor (SMR) version of the ESFR. This ESFR-SMR will be safer, simpler, and more economic while providing an option for flexible integration into the electrical grid as well as energy storage. In addition, concepts and measures developed in the ESFR-SMART project will be studied to eliminate several safety-critical scenarios, evaluated in experiments and quantified by modelling analysis.