Chinese researchers have successfully developed detailed designs for a clean nuclear reactor that doesn’t require water for cooling. The design features a molten salt reactor that uses liquid thorium instead of uranium. This will make the reactor safer in case there is a leak. After the reactor is complete, the reactor could be ready for testing by September 2021.
The testing will pave the way for the construction of the first commercial reactor by 2030. This type of reactor does not require water to operate, so it can be used in desert regions. A desert city called Wuwei is selected for the construction of the first reactor. Moreover, the Chinese government plans to build more reactors like these across the plains and deserts of western China.