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September 2014

International schemes hatch to tap nuclear for industrial heat

China, India, Russia others eyeing high temperature reactors for producing metals, hydrogen, fossil fuels, petrochemicals. Desalination too. Beijing targets 2017.

Temperature's rising: The early construction stage of China's high temperature (750-degree C) pebble bed reactor at Shidao Bay, due for grid connection in 2017. China broke ground in late 2012. Over the last month alone it has completed installation of fuel production machinery, and has successfully tested fuel pumps.

One of the most compelling reasons for the nuclear industry to start building novel reactors is that alternative designs could broaden nuclear’s clean energy appeal well beyond electricity generation and into a source of CO2-free heat that powers industrial processes. Nuclear could usher in tremendous environmental improvements if it were to replace the CO2-spewing fossil fuels that fire up steel and cement furnaces, and that process and refine materials like

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Nuclear’s powerful punch should wallop fossil fuels – take it from a renowned oil man

No energy source comes close to the density of uranium or thorium

Oil at a peak: Fossil fuels don't have anywhere near the energy content of nuclear. "Peak Oil" theorist M. King Hubbert pointed that out as far back as 1956.

Over recent months, this blog has delivered nuclear industry news noting among other things the bustling growth of reactor construction in China, the percolating activity in non-traditionally nuclear regions of the world like Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and the emerging British interest in small reactors. In today’s installment, we will take a breather from current affairs and instead opt for a little pro-nuclear history lesson. A nuclear

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China, Canada jointly ratchet up thorium, alternative fuels for CANDU reactors

Could build for other countries too. Argentina and Romania next?

Used fuel and thorium are already part of the mix at the Qinshan CANDU reactors in China.

Once again, leave it to China to demonstrate that the future of nuclear could well reside in reactor technologies that are notably different from the conventional reactors that have defined the industry forever. And in China’s most recent example, throw in another country that itself is emerging as a leader in alternative nuclear: Canada. State and private-sector entities from the two countries in late July signed a memorandum of understanding

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