World’s first nuclear power plant using 4th generation HTGR
Context: The world's first nuclear power plant which contains a pebble bed reactor (PBR), the fourth generation of high-temperature gas reactor (HTGR), has officially entered operation in East China's Shandong Province.
HTGR has been called the safest type of nuclear reactor to date.
The reactor will not melt when placed under duress and there is no risk of radiation leaks.
Aside from a high-degree of safety, the temperature index of the reactor also matches multiple fields including petrochemical engineering, coal chemical industry and hydrogen production.
There are a very few countries which have mastered HTGR technology, and thus its launch marks China consolidating its role as a world leader in nuclear power.
The plant's core technologies were all domestically developed with 93.4 percent of the material used in the plant domestically sourced.