"To enhance the future role of nuclear energy systems, this technology roadmap defines and plans the necessary R&D to support a generation of innovative nuclear energy systems known as Generation IV. Generation IV nuclear energy systems comprise the nuclear reactor and its energy conversion systems, as well as the necessary facilities for the entire fuel cycle from ore extraction to final waste disposal. Challenging technology goals for Generation IV nuclear energy systems are defined in this roadmap in four areas: sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, and proliferation resistance and physical protection. By striving to meet the technology goals, new nuclear systems can achieve a number of long-term benefits that will help nuclear energy play an essential role worldwide."
Gen IV Nuclear Energy Systems: http://gen-iv.ne.doe.gov/