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CHINA AIMS TO ACTIVATE WORLD’S FIRST CLEAN NUCLEAR REACTOR

CHINA AIMS TO ACTIVATE WORLD’S FIRST CLEAN NUCLEAR REACTOR

Scientists of the Chinese government have unveiled plans for an experimental nuclear reactor that does not require water for cooling and will be the world's first clean reactor.

About the Reactor:

  • It will run on liquid thorium instead of uranium and is expected to be safer than the traditional reactors.
  • As molten salt, when exposed to air, cools and solidifies quickly thus insulating the thorium, causing any potential leak to spill very little radiation into the environment compared to the leaks from traditional reactors.

Key Points:

  • It is expected that this prototype reactor will be finished in August and the 1st tests will start in September.
  • This testing will make way for building the 1st such commercial reactor which is slated for construction by the year 2030. As water is not needed by this type of reactor, it will be able to operate in desert regions.
  • The desert city of Wuwei has been chosen as the location of the 1st l reactor, and the Chinese government plans to build more such reactors across the plains and deserts of western China.

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