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China rolls out new homegrown nuclear reactor

By Wang Pan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

13:34, November 18, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.18 (People's Daily Online) --The advanced 1,000-megawatt pressurized water nuclear power reactor technology ACPR-1000, which was independently developed by the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation with full intellectual property rights, debuted at the 13th China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen.

The technology has incorporated the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear accident. It can cope with extreme situations with its all technical and economic indicators meeting the standards of international third-generation nuclear power technology.

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation is a nuclear energy group under the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council that specializes in the development of nuclear power.

The ACPR-1000 technology has made multiple technological breakthroughs and innovations in terms of safety and sophistication, including the use of a reactor core containing 14-feet-long fuel assemblies and the application of digital instrumentation and control systems.

The ACPR-1000 reactor has three series of safety system and equipment that can meet the requirements of physical separation, and it is equipped with reactor trip systems. It has also elevated the standard of safe shutdown in the event of an earthquake and has added emergency electricity and water supply systems against beyond-design-basis accidents.

All design criteria of the ACPR-1000 technology is in line with China's latest nuclear power plant design safety regulations (HAF 102), U.S. Utility Requirements Document (URD) and the European Utility Requirements (EUR). China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation is scheduled to fully complete the research and development of the ACPR-1000 in 2013, at which time it will be possible to construct the first nuclear power reactor.


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China must increase tremendously its budget for research and development. Time is of the essence and I have full confidence in the fast pace of research by homegrown Chinese scientists. Chinese people can never lose out to others.China should emulate, innovate and surpass others soonest possible. Time waits for no man nor nations.

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