About: Converting coal plants to nuclear plants, it happens in China! in 90 seconds
Its worth notig that Beijin Smog does not come from coal burning. A province neighboaring Beijin houses a main center of steel in a mountain walley. Due to weather phenomenon 9 months in a year all the smog from that steel production travels to Beijin. China is obviuosly not willing to completely destroy their metal production industry to avoid it.
Hope it goes a lot better than that one converted coal plant :P
Interesting concept. I wonder if the same reasoning could apply for existing nuclear plant sites which will be decommissioned? Could we build future advanced reactors at these sites and save some on capital costs and regulatory approvals needed? With a lot of reactors nearing end of life in the next decade or so in North America this seems like a logical step. Also, does anyone know what the price per KWH is going to be and is it competitive with coal?
The Chinese Gen IV SMR HTR-PM 600MW Nuclear Reactor is claimed to be fundamentally safer, potentially cheaper and more efficient than other nuclear reactor designs. Outlet temperature ranges between 700 C to 950 C, which allows these reactors (further to the coal plant replacement program) to generate hydrogen as a byproduct efficiently, thus supplying inexpensive and non-polluting fuel for fuel cell powered vehicles.
Yes, the Chinese will be replacing coal burners with high temperature HTGR-PM SMR 600MWe Plants. Construction of the HTGR fuel-production factory in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, started in 2013. Commissioning and trial production began at the plant in 2015. An irradiation test of five fuel spheres for the HTR-PM started in October 2012 in the High Flux Reactor in Petten, the Netherlands, which was completed in December 2014. Initially the fuel pebbles due to the fixed cost of the fuel-production factory will be expensive to produce. However, much of the projected cost savings will come from mass production of parts and the larger quantity of the fuel pellets required as the project progresses. This will bring the cost down to an estimated $2,500 per kilowatt of installed capacity, being comparable with other forms of green power.
Excellent - installing HTR-reactors can play a large role in bridging the gap between now and the moment that molten salt reactors become available.