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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2016 6:54 am 
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My father did work in China on nuclear safety in 2009. A general advice that applies in many countries with an indirect communication is that

.. Reality not always what it looks like from outside...

If you look on China from an outside perspective and go for the logic...

The load factor in the electricity generation in China is about 53 - 56% (2016 coal). Many new coal projects are in different stages of completion. That means there is not a big need for new capacities in the next future.

The main nuclear reactors are PWR with a local manufacturing share of about 80%. It is most probably a priority in China to increase the local manufacturing and get away from foreign licences and manufacturers. An independence from licencies makes as well the export of NPP easier.

It is most probably a priority to close the fuel loop, uranium mining, enrichment, manufacturing of fuel elements, waste treatment.


The development of completly new reactor concepts seems to me not the very first priority for China.


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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2016 10:38 am 
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There is however significant work going on with the AFCR though - which is an attempt by SNC Lavalin and the Chinese to build a CANDU 6 that is optimised for alternative fuel cycles and includes some of the construction and design innovations of the ACR, although without the light water coolant.


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PostPosted: Oct 27, 2016 5:14 am 
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The Chinese need much more energy and are trying everything, including all lines of nuclear power. For immediate needs they are going for PWR which is the leading technology in the world. I feel they may concentrate on salt part before they physically put thorium in reactors. Thorium only needs fissile feed but salt creates material problems. Indians have done theoretical and experimental work on thorium but have not gone to prototype stage. The only experimental reactor using U-233 is an experimental one in India.


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