Deployment Strategy (DS)
The purpose of the Deployment Strategy Working Group is to :
- Identify the key actions necessary to implement the Strategic Research Agenda,
- Overcome the technical and non-technical barriers,
- Communicate to decision makers and general public on its benefits and impact.
Ten key objectives have been identified to allow the Long-Term Operation (LTO) of the current fleet (Gen II), to support the deployment of new technology (Gen III), to prepare the next generation (Gen IV) and to develop non-electric applications of nuclear energy, thereby significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
- Nuclear energy is crucial to achieve the goals stated in the EU’s “Energy Policy for Europe”.
- Europe needs to keep its current reactor fleet operating with high levels of safety and competitiveness.
- Development must be maintained to continuously improve the competitiveness and safety margins of the new designs of LWR (Gen III).
- To ensure the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy, Gen IV Fast Neutron Reactors should be available for deployment by 2040 or even earlier. Therefore an ambitious yet realistic R&D and demonstration programme is to be put in place.
- Speeding up the development of the Fast Neutron Reactor : a European Industrial Initiative - The DS group recommends to speed up the development of Gen IV reactors through the framework of the European industrial Initiative on Fast neutron Reactor.
- As non-electric energy consumption, presently widely addressed by fossil fuel burning, is responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions, SNETP also places a high priority on a rapid development of non-electric applications of nuclear energy for reducing CO2 emissions, in line with the SET-Plan target.
- The European Industrial Initiatives need co-investment from private and public sources.
- To preserve its technological and industrial leadership, the European nuclear sector must increase the level of cooperation and reduce fragmentation of efforts.
- Improving nuclear fission R&D coordination at EU level.
- In the longer term, the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform aims to play the a leading role in coordinating and implementing research, development and demonstration initiatives, in coordination with EU institutions and Member States willing to engage in the further development of fission energy, as well as with non-EU countries on a mutual benefit approach.
The Deployment Strategy Working Group includes stakeholders from utilities, manufacturers, academia and Technical Safety Organisations. The Group is chaired by Olivier Marchand (EDF) and Patrick Morilhat (EDF).