Nuclear Power

11 Jan 2021

The World's First Batch of HTGR Nuclear Fuel Elements is Shipped

11 Jan 2021  by WorldEnergy   

At 9 am on January 9th, the world’s first batch of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor spherical nuclear fuel elements was shipped from China Nuclear North Nuclear Fuel Element Co., Ltd. and shipped to the world’s first Shandong Rongcheng Shidaowan nuclear power plant demonstration project with independent intellectual property rights. To provide fuel power for its subsequent grid-connected power generation, providing strong support for China to move from a “nuclear power” to a “nuclear power”.

Due to its inherent safety and versatility of high-temperature thermal energy, high-temperature gas-cooled reactors are regarded internationally as the priority research and development object of the fourth-generation nuclear energy system. Spherical fuel elements are an important basis for the inherent safety of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, and their manufacturing technology is one of the main technical challenges for the development of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors.

The supporting construction project of the national major scientific and technological project "Large-scale advanced pressurized water reactor and high-temperature gas-cooled reactor demonstration project"-China Nuclear North High-temperature gas-cooled reactor nuclear power fuel element production line is the world's first and only industrial-scale spherical fuel element production line , China has completely independent intellectual property rights. The production line is designed to produce 300,000 spherical fuel elements per year.

The number of spherical fuel elements sent to the demonstration power station is 78,480, which will be officially put into the reactor in April.

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