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Advanced nuclear energy systems and the need of accurate nuclear data: the n_TOF project at CERN

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Abstract

To satisfy the world's constantly increasing demand for energy, a suitable mix of different energy sources has to be devised. In this scenario, an important role could be played by nuclear energy, provided that major safety, waste and proliferation issues affecting current nuclear reactors are satisfactorily addressed. To this purpose, a large effort has been under way for a few years towards the development of advanced nuclear systems with the aim of closing the fuel cycle. Generation IV reactors, with full or partial waste recycling capability, accelerator driven systems, as well as new fuel cycles are the main options being investigated. The design of advanced systems requires improvements in basic nuclear data, such as cross-sections for neutron-induced reactions on actinides. In this paper, the main concepts of advanced reactor systems are described, together with the related needs of new and accurate nuclear data. The present activity in this field at the neutron facility n_TOF at CERN is discussed.

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The article was received on 31 May 2010, accepted on 03 Sep 2010 and first published on 29 Oct 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00108B
Energy Environ. Sci., 2010,3, 1910-1917

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    Advanced nuclear energy systems and the need of accurate nuclear data: the n_TOF project at CERN

    N. Colonna, F. Belloni, E. Berthoumieux, M. Calviani, C. Domingo-Pardo, C. Guerrero, D. Karadimos, C. Lederer, C. Massimi, C. Paradela, R. Plag, J. Praena and R. Sarmento, Energy Environ. Sci., 2010, 3, 1910
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00108B

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