Support research infrastructure:
ATHENA (pool type installation for experiments and thermo-hydraulic tests)
ChemLab (laboratory for lead chemistry)

The ALFRED demonstrator is a European project, included in the ESNII roadmap (European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative) as a first priority. This demonstrator for the innovative LFR technology (Lead-cooled Fast Reactor), a Gen IV reactor that aims to increase security levels, use resources more effectively, recycle fuel, reduce the volume and toxicity of waste, and be very competitive economically, is expected to be realized by 2028.

For the completion of this demonstrator, a support infrastructure is needed, comprised of six completely unique installations: ATHENA, ChemLab, ELF, HELENA2, Hands-ON and Meltin’Pot. These are necessary in order to solve the open aspects of LFR technology, to elucidate scale effects and to carry out testing and demonstration activities for ALFRED components.

The installations will operate based on a technical, scientific and demonstration program developed under the supervision of the FALCON consortium, as well as that of other international partners with whom FALCON has signed agreements, to ensure optimal use of these installations through a synergic correlation of activities carried out by other laboratories, sustainable operation (through international integration) and by diligently following the aims of LFRs.

The project “ALFRED – Etapa 1, infrastructură de cercetare suport:  ATHENA (instalaţie de tip piscină pentru experimente şi teste termohidraulice) şi ChemLab (laborator pentru chimia plumbului)” [ALFRED – Stage 1, Research Support Infrastructure: ATHENA (pool type installator for thermohydraulic experiments and testing) and ChemLab (laboratory for lead chemistry)] aims to realize the first two elements from the total of six. They represent a priority for developing the aspects mentioned above through test experiments on a scale of 1:1 and the production of experimental data.


Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Competitiveness Operational Program