Catalyst - Nuclear China
China is gearing up for the fastest deployment of nuclear energy in history, fuelled by Australian uranium. At least thirty new reactors are planned to be built in the fifteen years. Nearly all will be Pressurised Water Reactors, the most common type in the world.
But one will be the first commercial Pebble-Bed Reactor, a radically different Chinese design that researchers claim is 'meltdown proof' and 'inherently safe'. As Australia debates whether we should build our own reactors, one thing is clear: our nuclear future is inextricably linked with China.
Catalyst visits two reactors in China to search for answers, in the first Australian science TV report about the practicalities of making nuclear energy in the world’s most populous nation.
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