The first ACP100 reactor will start construction at the end of 2013 in Putian, Fujian.
THE ACP100 will be a cogenerating system. The ACP-100 will use heat from the reactor for desalination, industrial purposes and residential heating.
Primary benefits are
* smaller modules are easier to finance
* the size allow for direct replacement of common small coal plant burners
* the 30 month construction time is about half the construction time of larger reactors (even the speedy construction times for reactors in China).
CNNC has a strong research interest in larger reactors as well (ACP600/1000 600 MWe and 1000 MWe units). The ACP600 is developed from the CNP-600 (also referred to as CP600).
Model of the modular ACP100 reactor
CNNC has been developing the ACP100 modular design. This is a 100 to 150 MWe pressurized water reactor designed for electricity, heat or desalination. A plant utilizing the design will have a flexible configuration, with between one and eight modules.