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A team of government researchers in China have unveiled the design for a commercial nuclear reactor that is expected to be the first in the world that does not need water for cooling, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on 19 July. This will allow the facilities to be built in remote desert regions to provide power for more densely populated areas. The design includes a molten salt reactor, which is powered by liquid thorium rather than uranium, making it safer in the event of a leak. The molten thorium would cool and solidify quickly, dispersing less radiation into the environment. Construction of the first commercial reactor should be completed by 2030 and the government plans to build several in the deserts and plains of central and western China, SCNP noted.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
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