An experimental 65 MW fast-neutron reactor has been linked to China’s grid at 40 per cent capacity, said a scientist at the China Institute of Atomic Energy.

Fast-neutron reactors – part of ‘fourth-generation’ nuclear technology – could reduce nuclear waste by raising the utilization rate of uranium to 60 per cent, up from 1 per cent with a traditional pressurized water reactor.

“The next step for us is to increase the generating capacity of the reactor to 100 per cent while connected to the grid,” Xu Mi, chief engineer of the China Experiment Fast Reactor programme of the China Institute of Atomic Energy, told Bloomberg.

“After that, we can use the technology to build our own commercial fast reactors.”

China has announced plans for a 1 GW fast reactor at Sanming city in 2018. The country currently has more atomic facilities under construction than any other nation.

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