China Has Completed The Core Module Of The World’s First Onshore Modular Reactor

China has reached a significant milestone in the development of the world’s first commercial onshore small modular reactor (SMR). The core module, which is the vital component of the reactor, has been successfully installed.

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are compact and flexible nuclear power plants. They can be deployed in remote regions that lack access to the main power grid. This makes them crucial for transitioning away from harmful fossil fuels. Renowned figures like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are interested in SMRs and are even constructing their own SMR plant in Wyoming.

China is a global leader in nuclear power plant construction, currently working on 24 units. Moreover, they are making significant progress in the modular nuclear reactor sector with their Linglong One SMR.

Linglong One achieved a groundbreaking milestone by becoming the first SMR to pass a safety review conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This recognition confirms its capability to withstand challenging environmental conditions and manage potential failures.

Once operational, the completed reactor will generate one billion kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually, benefiting numerous households. Additionally, it will provide heating, cooling, steam, and even produce clean water by desalinating seawater.

SMRs offer potential applications in disputed areas and on small islands with lower population densities. China could potentially export this technology to countries involved in initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative.

It is worth noting that Russia has already constructed a floating nuclear power plant named Akademik Lomonosov, which has been operational since 2020, showcasing further advancements in innovative nuclear energy solutions.

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