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Monday, January 3, 2011

China Boasts it Made Breakthrough in Nuclear Technology, Could Potentially Save its Uranium Supply Woes

From Reuters:
Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in nuclear technology that could potentially solve China's uranium supply problem, as well as help move the coal dependent mega-nation away from their heavy reliance on fossil fuels. The new technology will enable the re-use of irradiated fuel and is able to boost the usage rate of uranium materials at nuclear plants by 60 folds.  

"With the new technology, China's existing detected uranium resources can be used for 3,000 years," Chinese Central Television reported. China has 171,400 tons of proven uranium resources spread throughout eight provinces -- Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hunan, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Liaoning and Yunnan. The breakthrough offers hope that China can stay true to its plans to wean itself off coal, one of the dirtiest sources of greenhouse gas pollution. 

China's modest push into nuclear power already showcases 12 working reactors with 10.15 gigawatt of total generating capacity. Although the country had planned to quadruple that capacity to about 40 gigawatts in the next decade, the government now believes it could double the goal to about 80 gigawatts by 2020.
This is fascinating news, not show how the powers that be in the U.S.A. view this news. China is on its way to changing the world order with this breakthrough and others.
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