February 11, 2005

HTR Ready to Go 

A few weeks ago I wrote about the novel nuclear reactor being developed in China. Now it seems that the first full-scale plant of this kind will be built within five years in Weihai, as Channel NewsAsia reports. I really hope that this plant will work fine and open a new era in the civil use of nuclear power.

Update 19/02/05: The invaluable Tech Central Station features an article by Jeremy L. Shane exploring the market, political and strategical implications of the Chinese pebble-bed reactor program in the context of West-China relationships. And those are not small things.

Update #2, 20/02: Also Kevin Connors links to the TCS article, expressing the hope that PBR technology will mean a new era of cheap, flexible and adaptable nuclear power. Possibly, hopefully I say.


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