France abandons research into fourth-generation nuclear reactors

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(Reuters) – French state nuclear agency CEA has abandoned research into so-called fourth-generation nuclear reactors, newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday. 

The CEA has done years of research and spent hundreds of millions of euros on developing a new sodium-cooled reactor in the ASTRID (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration) project. 

In November last year, the CEA had already said it was considering to reduce ASTRID’s capacity to a 100-200 megawatt (MW) research model from the commercial-sized 600 MW originally planned. 

Le Monde quoted a CEA source as saying that the project is dead and that the agency spends no more time or money on it.

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