next generation (Generation IV) of nuclear reactor

Stefano Buono

Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies. Newcleo is designing and building the next generation (Generation IV) of nuclear reactors: the lead-cooled fast reactors (LFRs) fuelled with MOX. Newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to: (1) eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding production of long life radioactive elements; (2) develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor; (3) accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including thorium, that provide economic, clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors. Newcleo innovative reactors aim at providing the world with a safe and stable power source while reducing volumes of nuclear waste. Newcleo type of nuclear technology has recently been included within the perimeter of the EU Taxonomy of environmentally sustainable economic activities, by the EU Commission.