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China makes breakthrough in 4th-generation nuclear tech

07-22-2010 09:06 BJT

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China has made a breakthrough to develop the fourth generation nuclear technology, as it turned to clean energy to drive its economy.

The fourth-generation nuclear technology developed under the so called "Experimental Fast Reactor program", has advantages in increasing efficiency of uranium use, and reducing nuclear waste.

Over 70 percent of the reactor's equipment is self-developed. China is the fifth country in the world that has developed such technology after the United States, Russia, France and Japan. The project underscores the country's efforts to develop nuclear energy to help cut reliance on more polluting coal and oil.

China now gets less than two percent of its power-generating capacity from nuclear, compared with the 17 percent world average. It plans to increase the nuclear usage by six times in ten years.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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