Petten starts research into fuel cladding for EDF

29 July 2022

Work has begun at NRG’s High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands, to investigate material for fuel cladding tubes, according to NRG.

In order to match the supply of electricity to fluctuating energy demand in the future, new fuel cladding tubes will have to be designed as temperatures will fluctuate.

In December 2020, EDF and NRG started a collaboration and during the past 18 months preparations have been completed for the concept design, final design and fabrication of an irradiation installation.

NPPs are currently designed to operate at constant power. In order to be able to respond to fluctuating energy demand, investigations are underway to find the most suitable materials for this. A special irradiation installation has been designed and the irradiation experiment will continue until mid-2023.

“NRG has been supporting the nuclear energy industry since 1955 and has extensive experience in performing complex irradiations and meeting our customers' stringent requirements for the successful development of nuclear technology,” said NRG|PALLAS CEO Bertholt Leeftink. “The collaboration with our French partner EDF shows how important the High Flux Reactor is for the deployment of nuclear energy in the energy transition to achieve the climate goals "

EDF is investigating the possibilities for flexible use of nuclear energy.

Image: The HFR in Petten (Credit: NRG)

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