Friday, February 03, 2006

Nuclear Fuel Management

China To Build First VHTR By 2010
2 February 2006


CRI (CHINA) — China is planning to build the world’s first Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) by the year 2010. China holds the role as the leader in new nuclear technologies worldwide. The VHTR is graphite-moderated and helium-cooled and operates on a once-through uranium fuel cycle. The VHTR also has the flexibility to adopt uranium or plutonium and offers enhanced waste minimization. China’s Tsinghua University, the China Huaneng Group, and the China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corporation are currently shifting their focus towards constructing this new reactor. China sees nuclear energy as an important energy source to power its economic development over coming decades.

Source: http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/2238/2006-2-2/135@296739.htm (6)

This diagram illustrates how the VHTR operates.

Image Source: http://nuclear.inl.gov/gen4/i/vhtr.gif

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