Friday, 9 November 2012

Of course China's building a Fast Breeder! But not a PRISM

China's version of PRISM is making steady progress. October 2012, it passes 'official' checks and in December, it will have been supplying 20 MW of electricity to the National Grid for 12 months. China's Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Fast neutron reactors 
China's R&D on fast neutron reactors started in 1964. A 65 MWt sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor – the Chinese Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) – at the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) near Beijing, started up in July 2010.1 It was built by Russia's OKBM Afrikantov in collaboration with OKB Gidropress, NIKIET and Kurchatov Institute. It was grid connected at 40% power (8 MWe net) in July 2011, and ramped up to full 20 MWe power in December, then passed 'official' checks in October 2012. It has negative temperature, power reactivity and sodium void coefficients. Its fuel cycle is designed to use electrometallurgical reprocessing.

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