China’s Neutron Reactor Begins Generating Power via Laboratory Equipment


July 25, 2011

China’s first experimental fast neutron reactor began, for the first time, generating electricity that goes into the grid, general manager Sun Qin of the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.

The success of the program, dubbed as China Experimental Fast Reactor, is regarded as the first stage for the country to develop its fast neutron breeder reactor, according to a press release by the CNNC.

The experimental fast neutron reactor, with a nuclear heat power of 65 megawatts and a power-generating capacity of 20 megawatts, is among a few experimental, power-generating fast reactors in the world, according to the company.

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