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China’s 1st low-enriched uranium 'micro reactor' operates at full power

By Yuan Can (People's Daily Online)    11:30, March 28, 2016

China's first Miniature Neutron Sources Reactor (MNSR) has passed all tests, and run at full power, marking another achievement in nuclear security following the establishment of the nuclear security center jointly financed by China and the United States.

This is the first time China has replaced a traditional high-enriched uranium reactor core with a low-enriched one, said Xu Dazhe, head of State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) and China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA). This will reduce risks in using, transporting, and storing nuclear fuels, because low-enriched uranium cannot be used for an atomic bomb, experts said.

Xu added that the reactor is also a result of China-U.S. nuclear security cooperation.

The project was jointly initiated in 2011 between CAEA and the Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Lab.

CAEA said it will share information with other countries on its experiences during the operation, to help enhance nuclear security globally.

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