China to build a cleaner and safer nuclear reactor

China has revealed its plans to build the world’s first cleaner and safer nuclear reactor using liquid thorium & molten salt. The molten salt nuclear reactor is safer than the traditional one since the molten salt cools and solidifies quickly when exposed to the air, insulating the thorium. The reactor will be kinder to the environment because it would spill less radiation into the surrounding environment in comparison to leaks from traditional reactors.

The experimental reactor will be capable to produce around 100 megawatts of electricity- enough to provide power to a small city. It will be further paired with other equipment, like steam turbines, to generate usable electricity.

China says the prototype is expected to be ready by august with the first tests scheduled in September. The experimental nuclear reactor will be able to operate in deserts. The Chinese government plans to build more nuclear reactors across the deserts and plains of western China

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