The different types of nuclear reactors

The first generation of reactors include reactors developed in
the 50 / 70 years, in particular, those of natural uranium filiere
gas graphite (UNGG) in France and the "Magnox" sector in the United Kingdom.
The second generation (70 / 90 years) seen in water reactors deployment
(The pressurized water reactors has for France and boiling water as
Germany and Japan) which today constitute more than 85% of the park
Nuclear power in the world, but also water reactors design
Russian (VVER 1000) and Canadian heavy water reactors has the Candu.
The third generation is ready to be built, taking over from
second generation reactors, whether it is the EPR (European
Pressurized water Reactor) reactor or a boiling water SWR 1000 models
offered by Framatome ANP (subsidiary of Areva and Siemens), or the reactor
AP 1000 designed by Westinghouse.
The fourth generation, the raw industrial applications
could occur by 2040, is under study.

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Origin: French Embassy in Germany - 4 pages - 4/11/2004

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