China launches its first domestically made nuclear reactor

China’s first nuclear power plant to use Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor model, was successfully connected to the grid in Southeast China’s Fujian Province and started generating electricity.

All the technical indicators of the nuclear reactor have met established standards and it is performing well, laying a solid foundation for its subsequent business operation, reports Zhao Hao, general manager of Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant.

This is a historic achievement to improve competitiveness in China’s nuclear energy field, which is of great importance for the Asian country’s energy restructuring plan and the pursuit of low-carbon development, explains the leader.

However, the facility will undergo several tests, before it begins commercial operation at the end of the year, they report local media.

Nuclear power unit number five is the world’s first pilot project to use Hualong One. Its construction, which began in May 2015, had almost 10,000 technicians and workers involved.

Hualong One, also known as HPR1000, is an innovative third generation pressurized water reactor with completely independent intellectual property rights. Enjoy more than 700 patents Y 120 copyrights of the software, and all its 411 component parts are designed and manufactured in the country, communicates the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

The technology was developed in China by CNNC on the basis of more than 30 years of experience in research, design, manufacture, construction and use of nuclear energy.

The lifespan of this design is 60 years. Have 177 reactor cores, which will be replaced every 18 months, so it meets the strictest safety standard in the world, according to the institution.

So far, six units of the Hualong One reactor are under construction both in China, as well as in other parts of the world, and all are in good condition. The safety and quality of these projects are under strict control, informs the CNNC.

In this way, the Asian giant wants to become more independent in the field of energy and export its design abroad.

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