The China National Nuclear Corporation has announced that they have designed a one-of-a-kind experimental nuclear reactor that will be waterless, requiring no hydration for cooling. The systems would be ideal for remote desert regions to provide power for more densely populated areas. This also makes the reactor much safer, smaller, and easier to build than a conventional nuclear reactor. The prototype molten salt nuclear reactor is powered by liquid thorium instead of uranium and is expected to be safer than traditional reactors. This is because the molten thorium cools and solidifies quickly when exposed to the air. This means any potential leak would spill much less radiation into the surrounding environment compared with leaks from traditional reactors.
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