China says it has developed the technology to reprocess nuclear fuel and use the recycled material to radically raise its power supply.
A report on China’s state television, CCTV, said Monday that the country currently has enough uranium to last 70 years. The scientific breakthrough could make that supply last up to 3,000 years.
The technology to recover fissile and fertile materials to generate new fuel will allow China to break away from its dependence on coal and diversify its energy sources, UPI reported Monday.
China currently has 13 operating reactors, but the new process will require an ambitious program of building a number of additional industrial power stations.
France, Britain and India already have their own reprocessing operations, UPI said.