China’s first sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor has recently reached a milestone after operating at full capacity for 72 hours, This is a sign that the country has fully mastered core technologies in fast reactor design.The 65-megawatt experimental fast reactor is one of few fast reactors that has been grid connected. It can achieve 20 megawatt of capacity in electricity generation.Fast neutron reactors, also called fast reactors, use a closed nuclear fuel cycle to optimize uranium use and reduce waste. The development of fast reactors represents the second of China’s three-step nuclear energy program, with the aim of cutting China’s reliance on fossil fuel burning. China also intends to make fast reactors one of the priorities in its nuclear energy development program.
Source: China Radio International