Nuclear Heating: Chinese Project Plans District Heating with Low Temperature Nuclear Reactions (Fission)

The World Nuclear News website is reporting about plans in China to begin a district heating system using nuclear fission reactions to supply the low-temperature heat suitable for heating residential and commercial buildings during winter months. The project is to be carried out by China General Nuclear (CGN) and Tsinghua University. CGN states that based on earlier testing the NHR200-II low-temperature nuclear plant design to be used is mature, safe and reliable.

From the article:

The Chinese government has made clean-energy heating a priority, CGN noted. Last year, the authorities issued guidance on clean heating in winter in northern China. The NEA released a five-year plan – covering 2017-2021 – highlighting the innovation of clean heating technology and consideration of nuclear heating.

CGN Chairman He Yu said: “As China’s first trial use of nuclear power to generate over 100 MW of heating energy, the project will serve as a model for clean-energy heating and is considered an ideal replacement for coal-burning. It will help reduce coal consumption, curbing pollution and promoting cleaner heating in North China.”

Andrea Rossi has stated that the E-Cat would be suitable to provide heating for the kinds of district heat heating that this Chinese project is planning for, but of course the LENR reaction is very different from conventional fission. Without the need for extensive safety measures required by nuclear fission plants, the E-Cat might turn out to be a more suitable candidate to provide ‘nuclear heating’.

  • Gerard McEk

    It is known that China wants to build hundreds of fission plants for this purpose. As long as LENR is not proven to work for large scale heat generation China will continue building these. A huge market for Rossi.

  • Ophelia Rump

    China is quite capable of doing it’s own manufacturing, a licensing agreement would be more profitable for Dottore Rossi. There are potential billions on the table from energy consumption, the rights to use the technology for a percent of the economy as royalty would finance enough manufacturing to support all of humanity instantly.

    If Rossi were wise he would add a reciprocal provision where he gets the rights to any improvements.
    A patent only lasts few years but a royalty can be set contractually to a permanent state of being. He could keep it simple and small, 1% of China’s economy per year. The current US cost of energy is 7.9% of the economy. The benefits of that arrangement would be insanely beneficial to both sides.

  • Omega Z

    TMI-Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Those are all aberration.
    Nuclear power is perfectly safe. Titanic is unsinkable, etc, etc,,,

    • cashmemorz

      There are two more USA based nuclear plant mishaps that were covered up, one a military plant. Shortly before Three Mile Island. I was called in to do design remediation machinery for the Three Mile Island. Cheapest bunch of managers you could find. They knew how to shift the blame from the actual guilty party.

      • Omega Z

        I’m sure there are many situations we never hear about.

  • cashmemorz

    I got out of that scene as fast as I could also. Goes to show what kind of people are willing to stick with that kind of industry. They are too, too, arrogant. High power of any kind twists peoples minds.

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