China shows how nuclear energy can be accident proof
Published on Aug 23, 2013
With the global spotlight firmly back on the safety of nuclear power, following Japan's Tsunami and the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, China is looking at spearheading efforts to make the industry safer, much safer.
The Chinese are investing millions in research into reactors powered by the element, Thorium - a metal, proponents say, as common as lead, and one, which, despite some concerns, would lead to power plants with fewer safety issues as well as other benefits...
SOUNDBITE: Wang Kan, Tsinghua University Thorium Research Team, (speaking Chinese):
"Thorium-based reactors certainly have advantages. The energy release from Thorium is greater than from Uranium, the by-products from using Thorium are less toxic than from Uranium, and it's much harder to make weapons from those by-products."
Public outcry, following the problems at the Fukushima plant, led to Beijing putting a freeze on approvals for all new nuclear power stations, and safety checks at all 25, currently under construction...
However, with Chinese electricity consumption growing at more than 5% a year, and its current reliance on fossil fuels to generate that, unsustainable, it's unlikely the crisis in Japan will dampen China's thirst for nuclear power...
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