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Expert: 4th generation nuclear technology to be safer

04-07-2011 19:30 BJT

Since peaceful utilization of nuclear energy began in the 1950's, more than 30 countries have built over 400 nuclear reactors. Most adopted second-generation reactor technology. The United States set up 104, France 58 and Japan 54 reactors. China ranked around 10th with 13 reactors. After Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant was crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last month, China's State Council suspended its review for new nuclear power projects. It is also now conducting an overall examination of all nuclear power plants in operation. Experts say it is a good move as nuclear development will become more stable after safety standards are improved.

Nuclear expert Pu Jilong said, "We will eventually develop fourth-generation technology, which will be better in safety, cost and environmental friendliness. But the research and development needed for this to occur requires a rather long time and many inputs still. Nuclear energy is a safe way to obtain power. This conclusion does not change. China's nuclear energy, even at over 40 million kilowatts, only accounts for 4 percent of the country's total power. This proportion is rather small. Comparatively, the global average is 17 percent."

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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