Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor – Past and Future

Since the first electricity from nuclear energy was obtained at Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) on December 20, 1951, we have dreamed of a sustainable nuclear fuel cycle for the ideal use of nuclear energy resources and the Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) technology has been at the center of that dream. The United States has designed, built, and operated fast reactors (mostly SFRs) from EBR-I up until the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) and Experimental  Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) were permanently shut down and the IFR program was canceled in 1994. Worldwide, SFR technologies have logged more than 400 operating-years, and many countries (China, India, Russia, Japan, France, Korea, and even the U.S.) have very active plans for SFR deployment in the near future. In this seminar, the history of SFR development will be discussed, including the critical turning points of nuclear system development in the United States and the reasoning behind the recent refocus on SFR technology.

June 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

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