China Starts Building a New 1 GW Reactor and Starts a Fast Reactor

1. Chins started construction of the first unit at the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China’s Fujian province. This was one week after the issuance of a construction license for the Hualong One reactor.

2. China’s first lead-bismuth alloy zero-power reactor – Qixing (Venus) III – achieved first criticality on 9 October

This is the start of China’s core physics experiments into liquid metal cooled fast reactors.

10 thoughts on “China Starts Building a New 1 GW Reactor and Starts a Fast Reactor”

  1. Nothing is earthquake friendly. Sodium is volatile and burns in contact with water. Water must be under pressure to cool the reactor. And if the reactor gets too hot hydrogen is release and the reactor explodes. Lead won’t burn and it won’t boil. The one reason I have against lead is that it is a neurotoxin.

  2. All things can be exactly the same. Just can’t be. Some nuclear technologies will be safer than others. It is just the way the world works.

  3. Russia had a nuclear sub that had a lead cooled reactor. The reactor was small and powerful. The sub was the fastest in the world. I don’t know what became of them but I’m sure it was very noisy and a problem once they shut the reactor down.

  4. And disproving people that think solar/wind are the future.
    The Chinese will have abundant safe, clean, reliable and cheap nuclear power while the West is pissing in the wind because the patients were allowed to run the asylum.

  5. The chinese are stomping us on nuclear adoption and proving you can roll out nuclear affordably and quickly.

  6. Lead cooled reactors are theoretically safer than water or sodium cooled. I think we should do some R&D on them.

  7. Is that picture above the actual construction site? I think someone handed the contractors the wrong plans–that looks like a soccer stadium.

  8. I see they’re getting the pumps for the Hualong 1 from a German outfit, after the trouble with the AP1000 ones. They figure if they’re the guinea pigs, they might as well prove their own designs.

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